Always trim your candle's wick to 1/4" before each burn. This will extend the life if your candle and provide a clean burn each time.

  1. Extended Candle Life: Trimming the wick to 1/4" before lighting your candle helps to control the size and shape of the flame. When a wick is too long, it tends to create a larger and more unruly flame. This can result in excessive heat, rapid burning, and uneven melting of the wax. By trimming the wick, you ensure that the flame burns at a steady and controlled rate, which helps extend the overall life of your candle.

  2. Even and Clean Burn: A properly trimmed wick promotes a clean burn, preventing excess smoke, soot, and carbon buildup. When a wick is too long, it can lead to a larger flame that produces more smoke and soot. This can darken the container, walls, and ceilings around the candle, and it may also release harmful substances into the air. Trimming the wick to 1/4" reduces the likelihood of these issues, resulting in a cleaner burn and a more pleasant candle experience.

  3. Safety Precaution: Keeping the wick at the recommended length is also important for safety reasons. If the wick is too long, it can cause the flame to become too large and potentially flicker or flare up. This can increase the risk of fire hazards, especially if the candle is placed near flammable objects or in an enclosed space. Trimming the wick minimizes the risk of accidents and ensures a safer burning experience.

  4. Reduced Mushrooming and Soot: Mushrooming refers to the carbon buildup that forms at the tip of an untrimmed wick after burning. This carbon buildup can create a bulbous shape resembling a mushroom, and it can contribute to excessive soot production. Trimming the wick helps prevent mushrooming and reduces the amount of soot released into the air, keeping your candle and surrounding surfaces cleaner.

To trim your candle's wick to the recommended 1/4" length, you can use a wick trimmer, scissors, or even your fingertips (if the candle is unlit and cooled). Ensure that the candle has cooled completely before trimming the wick to avoid any accidental burns. Regularly practicing this simple step can significantly enhance the performance, longevity, and safety of your candles.