1. Trim Those Wicks:
Before lighting, trim your candle wick to about ¼ inch. This prevents soot and ensures an even, steady burn. A quick snip with a wick trimmer or scissors does the trick!
2. Embrace the First Burn:
During the initial lighting, let your candle burn long enough for the wax pool to reach the edges. This sets the stage for an even burn every time.
3. Avoid the Tunnel Effect:
To prevent tunnelling, allow your candle to burn for at least one hour for every inch in diameter. This ensures a full and even wax melt across the surface.
4. Mind the Drafts:
Candles don't like drafts! Keep them away from open windows or fans to ensure a steady, consistent burn.
5. Store Them Right:
When not in use, cover your candles or store them in a cool, dark place. This preserves their fragrance and quality.
6. Safety First:
Always place candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface, and keep them out of reach of children and pets. Use a candle holder designed for your specific candle size.
7. Extinguish with Care:
Use a snuffer or gently blow out the flame. Avoid blowing, as it can send hot wax splattering.
8. Repurpose Your Candle:
Once your candle has burned down, don't toss it! Clean out any remaining wax and repurpose it for storage or as a decorative container.
9. Check for Damage:
Before lighting, ensure there are no cracks or damage to the container. A damaged candle can be unsafe to burn.
10. Enjoy Responsibly:
Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room, and never leave them unattended.
By following these easy steps, you'll extend the life of your candles and create a warm, inviting atmosphere for all your candle-lit moments. Happy candle season! 🕯️✨