Candle Burning Instructions
- NEVER LEAVE A BURNING CANDLE UNATTENDED!
- Always burn candles on a heat resistant surface.
Candle holders may become hot and damage furniture. A good heat resistant
surface can be made from a ceramic tile (cover bottom with felt to protect
- Keep all burning candles away from children
- Position candles away from flammable objects.
- Place freestanding candles in a shallow dish
or bowl to catch the wax in case of a blowout.
- Do not burn candles to the very bottom.
The following burning tips will help you get the
most out of your candles.
- Always keep the wick trimmed to 1/4
- Burning most candles no longer than
3 to 4 hours at a time will increase total burn time.
- Large diameter candles should be burned
no longer than 2 hours at a time. This helps keep the sides intact,
allowing the candle to glow from within.
- If a candle burns unevenly it is in
a draft. Rotate the candle 90 degrees periodically to keep burning uniform,
or move it to another location.
- A teaspoon of water in the bottom
of votive cups will help prevent overheating and ease removal of spent
- Snug a loose fitting taper in its
socket by wrapping bottom of candle with tin foil. Never use a flammable
material for this.
- Container candles (jar candles, votives
in holders, etc...) should be burned 1 hour for each inch of diameter.
This allows the wax pool to cover the entire surface, improves scent
throw, and extends the burning time.
- Refrigerating candles for a few minutes
before burning extends burning time slightly. Care must be taken since
refrigerating for too long may cause cracks in the candle.
- The life of large candles may be extended
by placing a votive inside once the burn hole is deep enough. The votive
can be wrapped in tin foil to ease removal.
Following the safety rules above should minimize
the chances of needing the following instructions. Note that wax removal
is often as damaging to the surface as the wax was, so make every effort
to avoid spills.
- Wax on Carpet - this procedure may cause stains,
if in doubt call in a professional carpet cleaner.
- Let harden, then break up and remove as
much wax as possible.
- Place paper towels on the area.
- Apply a hot steam iron to wick the wax into
the paper towels. Protect the iron with tin foil.
- Repeat as needed.
- Check the iron for wax residue before using
for clothing again.
- Wax on Clothing - may cause stains, if in doubt
consult a professional.
- Remove Garment.
- Let harden, then remove as much wax as possible.
- Pour boiling water through affected area.
- Repeat as necessary.
- Do not use carpet method on clothes as it
could set the candle dye in the fabric.
- Wax on Solid surfaces (wood floors, furniture,
counters, etc...)- may ruin the finish, if in doubt consult a professional.
- Do not wipe up the spill as a thin film
of wax is much harder to remove than a solid piece.
- If you catch it while still liquid, try
to build a dam to contain the spill in a small area. pencils work
well for this.
- Once the wax has solidified, gently pry
it loose from the surface. Try to avaoid scratching the finish.
- If necessary, pry the wax off with a plastic
spatula or similar object. Avoid this if possible as it increases
the chances of damaging the wood finish.
Disclaimer: The information presented
here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common candle making
practices as of the time of this writing - January 2006. The author and
the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the
information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational
purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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