Is this even a topic? Yes! Burning a candle seems so easy yet it’s a topic to talk about. When you spend bucks to make a purchase for your favorite scented candle yet you seem to use it all wrong. Fair enough? Nah! We are here to teach you all the basics you need to know for your candle care. If you are addicted to having candles then you may know how to get the right flame let us give you an overview once again.
Trim the wick - Always
Trim the wick to be between 1/8 and 1/4 inch long every time you wish to light a candle. You can cut the wick with scissors, nail clippers, or a wick trimmer. Trimming the wick will result in a cleaner, brighter burn. If a wick is left untrimmed, it can grow a strange mushroom-like structure that can dim and obscure the flame. Allowing the candlewick to grow too long can result in ugly smoky stains, which generally appear on glass container candles. Trimming the wick, on the other hand, keeps the flame under control and prevents smoke stains from accumulating.
Keep your burning candle away from moving air
Keep your burning candle away from open windows, fans, air conditioners, and high-traffic areas in your home. Moving air can cause the flame to be disturbed, resulting in smoke or stains on the glass. Making sure the candle is covered or placed far away from combustible things will help avoid fires caused by an unattended candle. Instead of blowing on the flame, use a snuffer to extinguish it. When you extinguish a flame, it causes the development and spread of vexing black ash particles, which generally become embedded in the wax. If you don't have a snuffer, look for candles with their own lids.
Place on an even place
When lighting a candle, it is essential to position it on a flat and firm surface. If the surface is uneven, the wax will melt unevenly. Secondly, the flames will most likely flicker and emit dark smoke and stains.
Let it burn - 04 hours max
It is advisable to keep an eye on the status of a candle as it burns. This can help you recognize when to snuff the flame to minimize uneven burning. As previously said, it is better to let the wax pool all the way over the top half. It's better to avoid burning a candle for more than 4 hours as a general guideline.
Let it cool before reusing
Having candles with lids keeps dust and grime at bay. Allow the candle to cool completely before handling it or transferring it elsewhere. It is critical to always allow the wax to completely cool before relighting the candle.
Burning a candle is a no-brainer but still, we all need a little guidance sometimes.