Should you trim your candle wick? You may not know it, but if you have been lighting and blowing out your Luci di Lucca candles without doing any kind of maintenance, you could be doing your candle a disservice. A few small steps – such as trimming the wick regularly and protecting the candle with a dust cover – will help prolong the life of your candle and keep it looking beautiful.
Trimming your candle wick before each burn will help reduce the amount of residue and soot that the candle produces while burning. A trimmed wick also helps your candle burn more evenly and last longer as well. Longer wicks tend to burn at a faster rate, which means your candle will be used up more quickly.
Keeping your dust cover on the candle when not in use also helps protect you candle from dust and damage.
How to Trim Your Candle Wick
In general, you should trim candle wicks to about 5mm (1/4 inch) before lighting them.
To trim candle wicks, carefully cut each wick with a pair of small scissors or a wick trimmer. For best results and for safety purposes, trim wicks when they’re at room temperature. If you forgot to trim the wick before burning your candle, let it cool down before cutting the wick.
In addition to trimming wicks, you should also remove any debris that’s on the wax before lighting your candles.