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CANDLE WAX CLEANUP TIPS

Easy Cleanup For Candle Wax On Common Surfaces

Material Removal Method
Wood Harden the wax with an ice cube, then carefully scrape it off with an expired credit card or plastic ruler. Rub away remaining residue with cream furniture wax.
Glass Scrape away excess, then apply heat with a blow dryer set to medium, wiping off wax with a rag as it softens. Wash the area with hot, soapy water to remove residue.
Painted Wall Apply medium heat with a blow dryer and wipe away excess wax as it softens. Remove Residue with a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
Carpet Scrape off excess. Lay a damp, lint free, white cloth over the wax and apply medium heat with an iron, the wax will adhere to the cloth.
Vinyl Flooring Soak the spot wih hot water and wipe off wax with a dry cloth. Repeat until all wax is removed, then apply multipurpose remover to get rid of residue.

TIP: Rub a little olive oil on candlesticks to keep wax from sticking to holders.

CANDLE BURNING TIPS

  • Always keep a burning candle within sight.  Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.  Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.  Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
  • Read and carefully follow all manufacturer instructions.
  • Trim candlewicks to 1/4 inch each time before burning.  Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping.
  • Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use.  The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.  Be sure the candleholder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents and air currents.  This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, smoking and excessive dripping.  Drafts can also blow lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could catch fire.  Ceiling fans can cause drafts.
  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Don’t burn a candle for longer than the manufacturer recommends.
  • Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
  • Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container.  For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remain (1/2 inch if in a container).  This will also help prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface and prevent glass containers from cracking or breaking.
  • Never touch or move a votive or container candle when the wax is liquid.
  • Extinguish pillar candles if the wax pool approaches the outer edge.
  • Candles should be placed at least three inches apart from one another.  This is to make sure that they don’t melt one another or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly.
  • One of the safest ways to extinguish a candle is to use a candle snuffer which helps prevent hot wax from spattering.
  • Do not extinguish candles with water.  The water can cause the hot wax to spatter and can cause glass containers to break.
  • Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are much safer light sources than candles during a power failure.
  • Never use a candle as light when you go into a closet to look for things.
  • Never use a candle for light when fueling equipment such as a lantern or kerosene heater.