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    How do you keep the soldering iron clean. I use 60/40 solder with a wet sponge for cleaning but to no luck. The iron has no heat control which might be the problem. I have a lot of soldering to do today and would like not to have the hassle, thanks for suggestions!
    Last edited by Norwest; 07-07-2018 at 12:51 PM. Reason: Reword my posting.

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    I just went to a site and showed me the way to do it. Thanks anyway!

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    I use a moist sponge too, and it works well for me. I have seen pros use what looks like a pot of brass swarf. I am curious as to what the site said, while a sponge works well for me, I am no pro and maybe something else would work better, since I started using lead free solder my tips erode much faster, and maybe the heat cycling of constantly cooling it down on the sponbge and reheating it doesn't help.
    Paul "tug Killer" Upton-Taylor, Cat lover.

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    I use moist sponge too, never a problem. After you wipe the tip, the tin should be shinny and tightly "coating the tip area", if there is a blob, the only way is to flick it off, a quick wrist movement will do. Just be sure you have a place to flick because the solder balls up to many piece.
    As said above, the tip has a definite service life span and it can get eroded and that's when things go south.
    A good working tip should always have a layer of tin on the tip that looks shinny and conforming to the the shape of the tip.
    Too many boats, not enough time...

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    I tried both ways and the brass swarf is my second choice as it does no clean and keep the tip shiny as the moist sponge.Gill

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    Clean iron and tin area and use a wet sponge.

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    Tried to type more to answer posters but I was proof reading as I go and it doesn't like slow typers!

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    Best to wrap solder around cold iron after cleaning and plug iron in and all will be great.

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    NativePaul- Try leaded solder which seems to not blacken iron as much. Best I can help you. I read you guys post a lot. I'm kind of a young loner at 81 1/2. Been at this hobby since 1991.

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    Also prolonged heating when you have idle time will oxidize the tip, I turn off the rig and let it cool off a bit and wipe with wet sponge again, it will retain the shine, good for next session.....
    Too many boats, not enough time...

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    I just recently got some Hakko FS-100 tip cleaning paste that is supposed to work really well. I can't comment on it myself I haven't had to use any just yet



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