The 2018 Guide to Candle Etiquette and Candle Care

If you enjoy the relaxation of a scented candle as much as we do, you’ll want to make sure you get the maximum use and life out of it as possible. That’s where candle etiquette comes in. As the National Candle Association explains, it’s not just a simple as lighting a candle and leaving it, as doing so can put you and others in danger.

Some of these top candle etiquette tips will go without saying, but there may be some things you haven’t thought of.

So, here are our top tips for ensuring you stay safe and get the most out of your candle.

  1. Never burn for less than 1 hour or more than 3 hours
  2. Always trim your wick before and after use
  3. Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches, and other debris at all times.
  4. Don’t burn your candle all the way down
  5. Ensure your candle is on a heat-resistant surface away from anything flammable.
  6. Blow your candle out gently. Blowing too hard could cause the wax to disperse.

Candle Height Etiquette

Keeping the wick length of your candle in check is an important part of getting the most out of your candle. Doing so will help reduce excess smoke and soot, as well as preventing the candle from burning the side of the glass or the container it’s in. To manage this properly its best if you invest in a good pair of wick trimmers, which will provide more accuracy and less mess than scissors.

At Candle Jar, we recommend trimming your wick by 5mm before and after you have used it.

Candle Burn Time

Ensuring efficient burn time can go a long way in maintaining the life of your candle. As a minimum, you should burn your candle for 1 hour, and no longer than 3. Allowing the entire surface of the candle to become molten will ensure an even burn and prevent tunnelling.

If the candle is not burned for the optimal time, it could lead to issues with your candle. For example, if you only leave your candle on for 5-10 minutes, this will only allow some of the surface to melt properly. Once this solidifies and you relight the candle it will only burn the “footprint” that has been left behind and begin to “tunnel” down into the wax.

Not only does this leave you with an odd looking candle, you won’t enjoy the full fragrance of the candle.

It’s also best to avoid placing your candle in a draughty area as this will lead to an uneven burn.

Burn Safe

It's easy to forget about placing your candle in a safe place, especially if its only small. However, no matter the size of the candle, where you place it is of paramount importance to ensure a safe burn.

  • Never use a candle as a night light.
  • Always keep a burning candle within sight. Make sure you extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before you go to bed.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything flammable. Keep burning candles away from furniture, curtains, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets. You want to avoid any chance of your candle being knocked over and burning something or someone.
  • Be sure the candleholder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This will avoid any heat damage to the surface below and will stop glass containers from breaking.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. As mentioned above this will avoid an uneven burn. It will also prevent any flame flare-ups and soot build up. Drafts also have the potential to blow items into the flames.
  • Never extinguish with water. The rapid cooling of the glass could cause it to break, as well lead to wax spilling out of the container.

Cleaning Instructions

If you wish to reuse your candle holder after use but have a bit of excess wax, try leaving your vessel in the freezer overnight. This will allow the wax to shrink and leave it in a solid state that’s easy to remove.

Stick to these guidelines and make the most of your scented candle whilst keeping safe!

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