Etiquette and Safety
Candles should be trimmed to 1⁄4” to avoid a large pool of wax. Never leave a candle unattended, and do not burn one while you sleep. Candles must be placed on a heat-resistant surface, preferably a proper candle holder. Place away from flammables (such as curtains or bedding), drafts, and air currents. Candles should be enjoyed in a well-ventilated room. Please keep out of reach of children and pets.
Maintain a length of 1⁄4” for wicks, and discard candle when wick reaches to 1⁄2” of bottom of candle. Never use water to extinguish a candle; it may shatter a glass container or cause dangerous dripping. Use a wick dipper – an instrument that allows you to dip the burning wick into the liquid wax, extinguishing the flame without the smoke. How long should you burn a candle? One hour per inch, to prevent softening of remainder of candle.
Keep candles clean and store them wrapped or in a box, so they won’t collect dust or other particles. To prevent color fading, do not overexpose candles to the sun. However, fading is not preventable over long periods. Candles are an organic product, with live elements, so it’s best to use them within three to six months of purchase. This is especially true if you want to maintain the fragrance. Store in a cool, dry area.
To remove a candle or its remaining wax from a candle holder, begin by removing any foreign objects, such as matches or wick matter. Place the holder in the freezer until the candle hardens. Then, pry out the residue with a bread knife. If you are unable to remove it all, there is a trick for that as well. Place the holder in a pot with hot-to-boiling water. Leave it for just a minute or two, then remove with tongs. (Don’t leave it in too long, especially if made of glass or ceramic.) At this point, all of the residue should have either been removed or can be easily scraped off.
Cleaning wax stains from carpet is difficult but doable. Cleaning before the wax hardens is much easier, so be sure to clean the stain as soon as it occurs. Begin by scraping off as much as possible with a dull knife. Then place a warm iron on the carpet, with a layer of paper towels in between to absorb the wax as it melts. Wax is not removable with water, as it actually resists it.