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May 22, 2019 3 min read

If you love winding down after a long day by lighting candles in your room, whether because you love the smell or it brings you a calming effect, you might want them to last a little longer than they do. Candles can be a great way to decorate your home and induce relaxation. Here are some practices that can help you ensure that your candles last longer than they would:

Trim the wicks

Trimming your candle wicks will allow you to avoid drafts and prolong the life of your candle. A trimmed wick will give you a nice, bright flame whereas a long or crooked wick may result in uneven burning. This can lead to a burst of flames or smoke. The general rule of thumb is to keep your work about 1/4 inch away from the wax for best burning. Do not trim them lower than that and let your candle cool a hundred percent before turning it upside down to take off the charred part off the wick.

Burn them properly

You may not realize that there’s a proper way to burn a candle. Burning your candle for a few minutes will cause it to form a complete wax across the surface. Wax burns in a way that will cause the wick struggle to go beyond the circumference of the previous burn. This will make the candle melt down into the wax from then on, which will cause the wick to sink deeper into the candle, making the sides harder to burn and shortening the life of your candle.

Avoid air currents

You should avoid putting burning candles in front of events, fans, or drafts because currents of air can cause candles to burn evenly and produce an excess of smoke or set that might leave messy black stains. If a wick is too long or an air current disturbs the flame, unburned carbon particles might be able to escape.

Clear debris

It’s important to keep the wax pool clear of any debris so that it will not interfere with the chemistry of the candle, causing it to burn unevenly. When you are cutting off charred pieces of the wick or using matches, try to keep them out of the wax pool as it can clog the wick and prevent it from drawing up any fragrance oils or diffusing the scent.

Allow it to cool

You should allow your candle to completely cool before letting it again. Allow at least two hours for a complete cooldown. It is worth the wait for safety as well as function and will be much safer to trim the wick when the wax pool is already hardened. A hot melted wax pool can burn your fingers, so you should only work on the wick after it’s become cold and solidified.

Store them in the fridge

Many people will tell you that you should refrigerate your candles in order to make them last longer. This is a great way to store your candles since you are putting it in a cold and dark space. It is best to keep your candles out of exposure from the sun.

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