Candle Care Guide: The Right Way To Burn Candles

Candle Care Guide: The Right Way To Burn Candles

There's just something about a great candle that gives life and warmth to every room. Even the most casual of candle lovers should know how to take care of their scented candles properly.

To help you get the most enjoyment out of your Getaway candle, here are a few important candle care tips and helpful tricks to keep in mind:

Candle Safety Instructions (Safety Comes First)

Safety first, friends. We love the cozy vibe of a gorgeous scented candle, but remember that even the tiniest open flame can be hazardous.

Here's how to burn candles the right way – so you can get lit, safely and responsibly:

  1. Never leave a candle unattended while burning. (Like, never ever.)
  2. Do not burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
  3. Do not touch or move a burning candle.
  4. Stop burning the candle when there is ¼ inch of wax left in the vessel.
  5. Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

    For easy reference, you can always bookmark this page of our site.

    To make it even easier to burn our candles safely, you'll find all of the above advice printed on our safety instruction stickers, located on the bottom of every Getaway candle.

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      Before Burning Candles

      The ultimate candle care pro tip? Trim your wick.

      Always trim the candle wick to about ¼ inch between every burn. This helps prevent messy soot and creates a shorter, safer flame while your candle burns.

      And yes, this Golden Rule of candle maintenance applies to those crackling wooden wicks, too.

      You can use a pair of scissors or even a nail clipper to do this, but nothing says candle connoisseur quite like owning a chic wick trimmer.

      (Want to hear another reason wick trimmers are so handy? After burning your candle a few times, you may find it difficult to reach the wick with scissors. Wick trimmers are designed to reach all the way down the jar.)

      Once you have a trim wick, you want to consider your candle placement.

      This might sound like candle care 101, but make sure you keep your candle away from curtains, bedding, and other flammable items – and yep, that includes Christmas trees.

      The ideal surface should be away from drafts, solid, and heat safe.

      To avoid damaging furniture or countertops, you can also place your candle on top of a coaster or tray. (Hint: You can use our lids for this, too!)

      Candle Care While Burning

      When you're ready to light your candle for the first time, let the candle burn until wax melts across the entire surface.

      You want to let the melted wax pool spread all the way across the surface, right to the sides of the vessel.

      But... why?

      Well, you may have heard folks say that wax has "melt memory." Doing this on your first burn prevents your candle from tunneling and encourages the candle to burn evenly with every future use.

      NOT letting your candle melt all the way on the first burn is the best way to ruin a brand-new candle.

      This oh-so important first burn can take an hour or more, depending on the size and shape of your vessel. We promise, though: it's worth it.

      The type of candle wax used can also impact burn time.

      For example, beeswax tends to have a higher melt point than pure soy wax, so candles made using beeswax will take longer to melt.

      Soy candles are popular for good reason, but we've found using a premium coconut soy blend offers the best combination of even burn and better fragrance throw.

      Scented candles should not be burned for more than 4 hours at a time, though.

      If you keep a candle burning for too long, you could end up with an unstable flame and uneven burning... So, try to resist!

      When a candle is left burning too long, the wick can "mushroom," creating an unstable balloon-shaped flame.

      That big ol' blob of soot on the edge of the wick? Yeah, that's a mushroom and we don't want to see that.

      Time to snuff her out.

      How to Properly Extinguish a Candle

      To properly extinguish your candle, we strongly recommend using a candle snuffer.

      Together with your wick trimmer, a snuffer is one of the most useful candle tools to have on hand. Using a candle snuffer is also much cleaner than simply blowing out the flame.

      All you do is place the snuffer over the flame and wait until it goes out. Easy!

      One last tip?

      Try not to let the bell touch the hot wax pool – it's just a bit of a pain to clean. Hold the candle snuffer just above the surface of the wax and wait until you see a tiny wisp of smoke creep out.

      How Should Candles be Stored?

      Candles should be stored in a cool, dry place.

      For most homes and apartments, room temperature is ideal. If you live in a warmer climate, consider moving your candle out of direct sunlight, into a cupboard or a darker area of your room.

      Remember, candles are made to melt. But we'd rather they only melt when we're ready to enjoy them!

      If your candle comes with a lid or dust cover, make sure you're using it.

      Dust covers can be placed on top of the candle once the wax cools – and most lids can be replaced after snuffing out the flame.

      Keeping your candle surface clean and dust-free is an important step in prolonging the life of your scented candles.

      What Happens When My Candle Is Finished?

      Remember: You must STOP burning your candle when there is ¼ inch of wax left in the vessel.

      You'll find it's easy to reuse candle jars by simply removing the leftover wax and cleaning it out.

      Once you do that, you can repurpose the jar to store your beauty products, make a chic little planter, and much more.

      More candle care tips coming soon. Stay tuned!

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