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Candle Care & Usage

What you already know.

 

We all know how to use candles right?  I don't need to tell you how important it is to burn candles in the appropriate type of holder.  I don't even need to tell you to never burn a candle close to curtains or other flammable objects and to never leave a candle unattended. You already know all that stuff.

 

What you might have forgotten.

 

A gentle reminder about playful children and pets;  They can get hurt playing close to candles and it’s good to keep a close eye on little fingers, paws and tails when they are in the same room as a lit candle. Teach your children to never stick their fingers in the melted wax and that they shouldn’t pick up or move a lit candle.

 

What you might not know.

 

There are a lot of different types of candles out there and each type of candle burns differently.  Here's a quick run down on how specific types of candles should be used.

  • Votive Candles.  They are designed to form a full melt pool and liquefy while burning.  They burn best when in a tight fitting glass or candle holder designed for votives.
  • Tea light Candles.  Similar to votives but much smaller.  Tea lights most often come with their own holder, either metal or plastic, they too liquefy while burning.
  • Floating Candles.  This is a unique type of candle that floats on the surface of water, either in a bowl or even a larger body of water such as pools, spas, ponds and fountains. Make sure you use a bowl that made for candles or that’s heat tempered.  Here’s a guide to floating candles in pools and other water features.
  • Pillar Candles.  A favorite of interior designers, decorators and a wedding staple.  Pillar candles are best used on a candle safe dish, plate or candle holder in the proper size diameter for the candle.  It’s always best to have a protective barrier between a wax candle and your wood surfaces, counter tops and even metal.
  • Shaped Candles.  This type of unique candle is usually made for aesthetic reasons but who can resist that wick at the top, right?  If it has a wick and you light it you need to be aware that it may not burn the way you think it will.  They could burn very quickly or the wax may melt through the candle wax and run down the sides so you need to make sure that you’re placing the candle on a surface that won’t be ruined by wax.

Storing Candles.  If you need a place to keep your candles for an extended period of time consider these Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do  keep your candles away from direct sunlight and indoor lighting (to prevent fading)

·         Do  store candles in a cool dry place such as a closet or cabinet inside your home.

  • Don’t put candles in a garage, attic or basement that is not temperature controlled.
  • Don’t store candles in the freezer or refrigerator.  Wax is an oil based substance and does not react well to moisture.  Wax can also fracture and split in extreme cold environments.  


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