Soot…causes and effects and how to control it.
WHAT DO WE DO? If we know the sources of soot, and we know some of the reasons why soot accumulates, then what can we do to minimize the effects of soot? To prevent smoking, candle wicks should be trimmed to ¼” before lighting and re-trimmed to ¼” upon re-lighting. If a candle begins to soot, take measures to ensure proper burning procedures are being done. Candles should never be power burned all day long! They should only be burned for 4 hours at a time. Keep in mind longer wicks and higher flames will produce more soot. As a consumer you should always follow the manufacturer’s burning instructions for any candle. Consumers need to make sure that rooms are properly ventilated and candles are kept out of drafts. Also, under no circumstances should a candle be burned while out of sight. Consumers must understand that the type of candle they purchase affects the amount of soot that is produced. For example, jar candles, among the most popular candles sold, may produce soot because of the inhibited airflow. As the wax burns further down into the jar, less fresh air can enter the container to efficiently burn the candle. The most basic rule that consumers should follow is… if the candle appears to be emitting soot, do something about it. Extinguish and allow the candle to cool, never move a lit or molten candle. Read and follow the manufacturer’s burning instructions again. If necessary, trim and re-light. If the candle continues to smoke, discontinue its use and call the manufacturer.