It is VERY important to keep your wicks trimmed at all times! The key to a perfect burning candle is not only in how it is made but how it is burned. Never allow your candles to burn for more then 3-4 hours at a time before extinguishing the candle, allowing it to cool, trimming the wick and then re-lighting it. Properly maintaining your wick is a must and the key to a better burning, longer lasting candle. Remember to never burn your candles in any type of draft, such as ceiling fans, AC vents, open windows etc. Following these simple rules will extent the life of your candle and give you hours of enjoyment.
Tips for Trimming the Candle Wick
Never trim a wick when it is cold. Cold, charred wicks are brittle and can break off at the wax surface which will leave nothing to relight.
If the candle is smoking it means the wick needs trimming. Extinguish the candle, trim the wick to 1/4", remove any carbon from the wax pool, then relight the candle. Char your wicks ahead of time when you need to light a number of candles quickly. This is especially helpful when you intend to use candles for a dinner party.
Did you know that a candle has a memory?
When burning a candle for the first time, it's suggested that you burn it one hour for each inch in diameter. This will allow the pool of wax to extend to the outside edges and will prevent your candle from forming a "canyon" in the center. Burning a candle this way will also set it's memory. Each time you burn the candle it will "remember" to burn to it's edge.
Glass Jar Candles
Always burn glass jar candles placed on an appropriate holder and also on a protected, non-combustible, heat-resistant surface.
When burning, handle with care. The container may become very hot.
Never allow the flame to come in direct contact with the side of the container. Always keep the wick trimmed to 1/4" and centered. If the wick moves from the center, reposition it by moving it back to the center with a non-flammable instrument.
Avoid glass-to-glass contact when removing or replacing the lid.
Do not burn the candle if the container is cracked, chipped, scratched or damaged in any way. This is a fire hazard.
If the container becomes blackened while burning, wait until after it is extinguished. Then use a dry paper town to clean it. Prevent blackening by keeping the wick trimmed to 1/4" while burning.
Discontinue use when 1/2" of wax remains. This will prevent possible heat damage to the counter surface or the container itself.
Never refill the jar with wax.
To Clean Up Spilled Wax
Let spilled wax solidify so when it hardens it can be removed in pieces. Cover it with several paper towels or a brown paper grocery bag and gently press with a warm iron. The wax will melt and be absorbed into the paper.
Always use a votive cup to burn votive candles. They are made of a low melt wax.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of water to the candle holder before adding a votive candle. This will help to protect the holder from excessive heat and will make cleaning easier. Our candles are designed to liquify while burning and must be used in an appropriate sized container. The inside of the container should be a similar size to the votive candle itself. If the container is too wide it will leave the liquid wax too far from the flame and excess wax will remain. The tighter the fit the longer the candle will burn.