Here are a few general tips to help you to get more enjoyment from your wax candles.
- Keep candles out of drafts. Drafts create larger flames, which significantly cuts down burning times
- Don't leave your candles in direct sunlight. This can cause them to fade and soften. Never put candles in windows or directly expose them to indoor spotlights
- Trim wick down to reduce chance of soot and to lengthen burn time. a highly recommended wick length is 1/8"
- Votive candles must be placed in a container. Wax Votive candles are generally made from a low melt wax, so the tighter the fit the longer the candle will burn
- Although Votive candle burning is fun, the clean up after is frustrating and time consuming. Why not eliminate this aggravation. A recommended way of doing this is to place 1/8" of tap water in the base of the Votive holder, prior to lighting. Then once the Votive candle is finished, allow the wax to cool and solidify. Once the wax is solid again, gently push on the wax and it should pop straight out. If this doesn't work, fear not. Try putting it in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Then when you take it back out, push the wax again, it should pop right out
- Floating candles can provide both formal and informal settings. Why not try them at dinner party or at a back garden get together. Floating candles in a clear bowl creates an extra special lighting effect. Why not try using distilled water, it eliminates mineral build up on the side of minerals or glass, it will preserve the unique presentation of Floating candles
- Each time you light a pillar candle, burn it long enough to create a pool of wax across most of the diameter of the candle. It will allow the candle to last longer and burn more evenly
- A candle will burn more slowly and evenly if it is refrigerated before use. But always make sure to wrap the candle in foil or plastic wrap to prevent the wicks absorbing moisture
- Before a dinner party, light and extinguish the candles as they will light more easily when you are ready to use them
- Always extinguish candles when they get within 2" of their holders or decorations
- To extinguish a candle, try dipping the wick into the liquid wax, using something non-flammable. This little known technique eliminates smoking of an extinguished wick
- After extinguishing candles, re-centre the wick