What Is Candle Soot + How to Avoid It

What Is Candle Soot?


When burning a candle, it releases tiny carbon particles into the air as the wax burns. These particles eventually come into contact with cool surfaces, causing them to condense and form a fine black residue known as candle soot.


Use these tips to avoid your candle from sooting: 

  1. Trim the wick: Keep the candle's wick trimmed to about 1/4 inch (6 mm) to ensure a stable and controlled flame.
  2. Burn your candle properly: Allow the candle to burn long enough to melt the wax to the edge of the container to prevent tunneling, which can lead to soot production.
  3. Position candles wisely: Avoid placing candles near drafts, open windows, or fans that can disrupt the flame. Keep candles away from vents or air conditioning outlets.
  4. Regularly clean and maintain your candles: Clean any soot stains from your candleholders and trim wicks as needed. 


By following these simple steps, you can enjoy the pleasant ambiance of your candles while ensuring their safe and efficient use.

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