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Tips for At-Home Candle Care

  • 1 Mar 2024

Learning how to take care of your candles is the best way to extend their lifespan and enjoy the sweet scents for longer!

Winding down with your favourite scented candle is one of the best ways to end a day, but after a while, do you ever notice that your candles aren’t burning as efficiently as they used to? The truth is that most people have never been taught at-home candle care and neglect their used candles until they replace them with newer ones.

Taking care of your candles will make them:

  • Last longer
  • Smell stronger
  • Look nicer
  • Burn slowly


What are you waiting for? Here are our top 3 tips for at-home candle care!

1. Ensure you are burning your candle safely. 

Whenever handling an open flame, it is important to consider all safety precautions – especially for candles that you burn inside your home. Burning a candle safely allows you to relax and enjoy the sweet aromas without worrying about what could go wrong. Here are some important factors to keep in mind when burning candles:

  • Avoid lighting your candle where there is a draft or air vent.
  • Never leave a lit candle unattended.
  • Wait until hot candle wax solidifies before moving a candle that was lit.
  • Make sure your candle is far from anything that could catch on fire, such as curtains, furniture, carpet, or books.
  • Keep candles far from pets and children.

Safety is the most important aspect of candle care to consider to ensure an enjoyable burning experience, so make sure to take all of these factors into account.


2. Trim your candle wicks to promote an even burn.
This essential aspect of candle care is one of the best methods to ensure your candle will burn evenly. When a candle wick gets too long it can become crooked which can encourage smokiness or soot debris in the candle wax and along the candle container, so by maintaining a short, clean wick, you can optimize your burn and extend your candle’s lifespan.

3. Let the surface of your candle melt the first time you burn your candle to avoid the “tunnelling” effect.
The first time you light a candle sets the tone for how your candle will burn for the rest of its lifespan, so it’s important to do it the right way. Letting the candle burn until the entire surface of wax melts instead of blowing it out when only a small circle has melted helps prevent tunnelling and promotes an even burn going forward. For the best effect, it is beneficial to allow your candle to melt completely across the surface every time you burn it, so you don’t waste any wax.

For more candle care tips or to add to your candle collection, check out Forever and More Candles today!