Everything You Need to Know About Candle Care

It may seem silly when I tell you that there's a right and wrong way to go about burning a candle, but it's true.
Check out these candle care tips that will ensure your candle burns properly with minimized smoke & soot.

Before You Burn

  • Make sure your candle is placed in an area free from drafts and away from any objects that could potentially catch fire.
  • Keep out of reach from children and pets.
  • Make sure to trim your wick to about 1/4" before each burn. Use a wick trimmer for best results.
  • Make sure the surface of your candle is free from any debris.

Burn Baby Burn

  • On a candle's first burn, let the wax melt all the way to the edges of the candle. This typically takes 2-3 hours.
  • Burn sessions should typically last about 3-4 hours. Leaving a candle burning for too long can potentially cause overheating and the container could break.
  • Do not move a candle while it is burning.
  • Do not leave a lit candle unattended.

Extinguishing the Flame

  • When extinguishing your candle, using a snuffer not only feels fancy, but it minimizes smoke & soot in the air and leaves you with a lingering scent of your candle's fragrance instead of the smell of smoke.
  • Make sure to let your candle cool completely between burning sessions.
  • When there is only about 1/4" of wax left, discontinue use. 
  • For tips on how to reuse your Hope Street Candle Co. containers, see our previous post.


And there you have it! Now that you're a candle burning expert, why not treat yourself to some new candles?