If dark shadow-like mystery marks or streaks are appearing on the ceiling, chances are it is candle soot. This happens when candles are burned, and they do not have to be close to upper horizontal spaces to cause stains. The ugly dirty looking marks can appear for no apparent reason, but it is possible to prevent. Try these easy ways to prevent candle soot on the ceiling, and put an end to the stains caused by burning candles.
Buy High-Quality Candles
Candles that are cheap in quality often come with cheaper wicks. When they are burned they tend to smoke, and this smoke naturally travels upward. Even when a lower quality candle is placed several feet below the ceiling, it can still create dark marks. A candle as far as six feet below the ceiling can cause unsightly soot stains. These marks can be very difficult to remove.
One of the best ways to prevent this from happening is by choosing top-quality candles with wicks that are not likely to smoke while lit. It is also pertinent to use the following directions on ways to prevent candle soot from making dark marks and streaks on overhead locations. The quality factor is just one of the reasons why soot ends up on the ceiling.
Keep the Wicks Trimmed to Prevent Soot Stains
Candle wicks that are too long will smoke no matter the quality. When trying to prevent candle soot on the ceiling, keep the wicks properly trimmed. They should be one-quarter inch in length. Use a pair of sharp pointed scissors to trim away the extra length, or snip it off with a pair of nail clippers. Trim the candle wicks before burning the candles for the first time, and each time it becomes necessary. Some wicks will split and mushroom during the burning process, and this growth should be removed. When candle wicks are too long the smoke might not always be visible, but it will stain the ceiling just the same. Keeping the wicks short will help prevent invisible as well as visible smoke that ends up coating the ceiling with soot.
Do Not Burn them Near the Ceiling
Burning a candle too close to the ceiling will not only cause soot stains, but it is also a fire hazard. When trying to prevent soot stains, do not burn them near the ceiling or any overhead surface. Do not place a burning candle on a high shelf or freestanding piece of furniture.
Taking the aforementioned steps will prevent soot on the ceiling while keeping the home and everyone in it safer from the hazards of an open flame. Better yet, consider choosing the battery-operated flameless variety instead. They never leave behind soot on the ceiling.