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May 28, 2021 3 min read

Candles are a beautiful and simple addition that can contribute to your home’s aesthetic. They create a warm and inviting vibe in your space without the need to go over the top. Many homeowners purchase candles for their homes for this very purpose. 

According to theNational Candle Association, seven out of ten US households use candles. They buy pillar candles, taper candles, votive, or tealight candles to bring a light glow in their home. Candles can truly create a gentle presence in a space, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have any complications.

Burning a candle is easy. So is following proper candle care and safety guidelines. To help you save money and extend the life of your favorite candles, here are some tips you can follow:

Burn the candle until the wax melts to its edges

One of the most common problems candle lovers experience is the crates in a candle’s center. Some people call it tunneling, wherein the candle only burns down at the center, and the edges do not, which creates a tunnel-like shape. Once it creates a tunnel, it is almost impossible to burn because the wick will not receive enough air to burn steadily.

It is also drowned out by wax melting above, which extinguishes the fire. In addition, it is a waste of money and wax. What you can do is to carefully observe the candle when it burns for two to three hours. In this time frame, the wax will melt more evenly. Limit it to three hours to prevent tunneling. 

Wax also tends to follow the path of its last point of melting and cooling. So, the rule is to let the candle burn until the edges to have an even and consistent burn throughout the life of the candle. Remember this tip to avoid any craters or tunnels in a candle. 

Trim the wick to a quarter-inch before each burn

Always trim the wick before lighting the candle. If the wick grows too tall, the flame will also grow, leaving black burn marks. A tall wick can also add more fuel to the candle, which can cause unexpected flare-ups. 

A tall and crooked wick can cause dripping, uneven burning, flaring, and sooting. By trimming the wick before burning, you can prolong the life of the candle. Your candles will be able to burn up to 25 percent longer. You can use a wick trimmer or scissors to do the job. 

Move your candle away from moving air

When burning a candle, move it away from any moving air because it can result in black marks on the glass. Any bursts of air from fans, air conditioners, vents, open windows,  or crowded areas can cause the candle of the flame to dance around. It can also cause your wick to use fuel at an inconsistent pace. 

When the flame fails to burn the excess oil it draws from the candle wax, it can result in smoke and soot. The best way to avoid it is to move your candle away from moving air. It will ensure a smooth burn. 


Candles are an excellent way to brighten up your room and create a homey vibe. If you want to prolong the life of the candle, use these tips we shared. Hopefully, you can enjoy your favorite candles for a very long time. 

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