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Candle Care


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  • 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 furniture).
  • Keep all burning candles away from children and pets.
  • 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.
  • To keep your votive glass from overheating, try placing on teaspoon of water in the glass before placing votive in holder. Before putting water in the glass, check to be sure the wick is not exposed on the base of the votive. Water in the wick will make you candle sputter and go out. You might find the glass will remain clean and clear when lit if you take the time to do this little trick.
  • Snug a loose fitting taper in its socket by wrapping bottom of candle with tin foil. Never use a flammable material for this.
  • 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 or tealight in the burnhold once it is deep enough. The votive can be wrapped in tin foil to ease removal.

The very first burn of a pillar candle is the most important. Allow candle to burn 1 hour for every one in in diameter of the candle. This will create the "melt pool" that will help you candle to completely consume itself. The liquid wax should reach the edge of the candle but not spill over.

  • When wax pool reaches the candles edge, extinguish the flame and allow candle to harden before relighting. This will prevent dripping.
  • Discontinue use when 1/2" of wax remains.
  • Never place directly on surface, burn on an appropriate holder.

Handle with care; glass containers are fragile. Do not use if the container is cracked, chipped or scratched. Do not refill with wax.

  • Do not allow the flame to reach the side of the jar. Jar may become hot, please handle containers carefully.
  • If smoking occurs, check for drafts or high traffic areas, which may cause flame to flicker and smoke. Also, be sure that the wick is no longer than 1/8" If it is, extinguish, trim to 1/8" and relight.
  • To minimize wax left on the sides of the container, burn one hour for every inch in width of your container. So for example, if you have a 3 inch wide candle we suggest a 3-4 hour burn time. The reason for this is so the burn pool is allowed to reach the sides of the container and not leave you with a lot of left over wax. Make sure to trim the wick before the next burn.
  • Prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface by discontinuing use when 1/2" of the wax remains. Only burn in a suitable holder or on a plate or other fire and heat resistant surface.

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 or drips.

  • Wax on Carpet - this producer 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 on clothing.
  • 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 the 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 avoid 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.
    • Goo Gone found in most cleaning sections of many stores is fantastic for removing wax, and has a pleasing citrus scent. Goo Gone takes a little longer than heat to break down wax, but can be used with a soft cloth on carpet, cement, clothing, floors, walls, glass and a variety of other surfaces. There are as many surfaces you should not use it on, so please read the label and fine print before using.