Why Should I Trim My Candle Wick?

Why Should I Trim My Candle Wick?

Suppose you follow a candlemaker on social media, and they constantly tell you to trim your wicks before lighting or to snuff out your candle instead of blowing it out. Or you've read the warning sticker on the bottom of your candle. You probably think, "Why should I even follow this? Why does it matter? It's just a candle..." 

What if I told you it will:

  • Make your candle last longer
  • Produce less sooting and smoke
  • Stop the popping when you light your candle
  • Have less mushrooming on your wick

Here are other reasons why caring for your candle is essential:


1. Safety: 

Candles can pose a fire hazard if misused. A candle not cared for properly can produce a more significant flame or even start a fire. You can reduce the risk of accidents by trimming the wick and keeping the candle away from flammable objects.


2. Efficiency:

 A well-cared-for candle will burn more efficiently, providing a longer and more consistent burn time. This means you can enjoy your candle for longer without replacing it as often.


3. Appearance: 

A properly cared-for candle will look better and burn more evenly. When a candle burns unevenly, it can create unsightly wax tunnels or even cause it to misshapen.


So, how can you care for your candle properly? Here are some tips:


Trim the wick

Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to 1/4 inch. This will help prevent the flame from becoming too large and reduce the risk of accidents.


Keep the candle away from drafts

Drafts can cause candles to burn unevenly and reduce efficiency. Keep your candle away from open windows, fans, or air conditioning vents.


Use a candle snuffer: 

Extinguishing a candle with your fingers or blowing it out can cause wax to splatter and create a fire hazard. Invest in a candle snuffer to safely put out your candle.


Store candles properly

Candles should be stored in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and heat sources. This will help prevent melting or warping.


Caring for your candle correctly allows you to enjoy its warmth and ambiance without worrying about accidents or inefficiencies. So, next time you light a candle, take a moment to trim the wick and ensure it is placed in a safe location. Your candle will thank you for it!



Candle Care – Uncommon Pour. https://uncommonpour.com/blogs/the-soy-good-blog/candle-care




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