How to clean the soldering tip

There are a large number of synthetic means or folk methods to clean the soldering tip. The effectiveness of cleaning depends on what sting is used for soldering various surfaces. Also distinguish between conventional soot and chemical oxides. The latter is completely harder to clean. If brazed, you can experiment with purification. For other alloys (the so-called eternal stings), any mechanical effects can lead to damage. You can simply remove the top layer of the alloy, it will be impossible to use such a sting.

Electric soldering device

The device is an electric soldering iron.

Synthetic products from the store

It is proposed to fight oxides and carbon with a large number of means. All of them have different names, but mostly monotonous in composition.

There are 3 main ways to clean the sting:

  • a chemical from the discharge oxide or activator;
  • Goot BS-2 cleansing paste;
  • synthetic sponge for soldering.

The choice of means like oxide should be approached very carefully. You should familiarize yourself with the composition and determine whether it is suitable for copper or multi-alloy sting. Too aggressive substances together with the destruction of the oxide can dissolve and the top layer of the eternal solder.

Soldering iron tip

The device sting soldering iron.

There are also so-called activators for the tips, which are not too well cleaned. But their daily use helps to improve wettability and protect the surface from the formation of scale and oxides.

Cleansing pastes are more versatile. They remove carbon deposits very well, but they struggle with oxides a little worse. But they are suitable for any stings. In addition to pastes, there are special boxes with small metal filings, in which you need to lower the contaminated tip of the soldering iron, this is how it is cleaned. After that, both carbon and a part of the oxide are removed due to a chemical reaction with sawdust.

It must be remembered that any synthetic agent after cleaning the surface must be carefully removed. Otherwise, it will react with solder or soldering board, and then the sting may deteriorate badly.

Synthetic sponges, for example, Xytronic TIP Cleaner for dry cleaning, help to clean the sting mainly from soot. In the fight against oxides, they are ineffective. Many replace these sponges conventional kitchen, but this is not entirely correct. In contact with a hot soldering iron such a sponge can smell very unpleasant. With the store for the same payal will not happen. Purchased sponges can be either for dry cleaning or need to be moistened before use. This nuance needs to be clarified when buying, because buying a wetted sponge is a waste of money.

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What is used to clean the sting in the people

Cleaning the soldering tip with a sponge

Cleaning the soldering tip can be done with sponges.

Funds from the store very often do not meet expectations, so many people use the popular cleaning methods to solder.In the list of tools used many ways. For cleaning of carbon used:

  • various sponges - from kitchen to cosmetic sponge, regular foam rubber;
  • paper, cotton wool and cotton buds;
  • sewing needles, files, metal brushes and nozzles, as on the drill;
  • polishing skins, emery, scalpels;
  • ink eraser (eraser) and more.
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Read more about each cleaning method.

The use of sponges and sponge of various textures well helps to get rid of carbon, if you choose them correctly. And this can be done only experimentally. Similarly, you need to determine whether to wet the sponge.

Any sharp objects for cleaning (scalpels, needles, files and others) can be used only for copper tips. Some craftsmen manage to clean them and the eternal sting, but this requires jeweler accuracy. And soft polishing attachments or skins can be selected for multi-alloy tips, but experiments should be performed on broken ones.

Eraser Pluto6631 from Koh-i-Noor

Koh-i-Noor's Pluto6631 eraser cleans the tip of the soldering iron from soot and oxide.

The use of paper or wool - only to remove a large amount of soot, when there is nothing more at hand. To get rid of oxides or hard formations this method will not help.

You can clean the soldering tip using the Pluto6631 eraser from Koh-i-Noor. This method allows you to get rid of carbon and oxides. Be sure to clean the cold tip, then treating it with acetone and wiping well with a cotton cloth.

In order not to spend extra money on cleaners with sawdust in the box, you can do it easier. Find small brass filings and pour them into a metal container. It will be much cheaper than buying in a store. Brass can be replaced with a good copper sponge (or at least steel sponge).

There is another effective way, according to some fans of radio electronics, to clean with a pencil for the sole of the iron. This method works well and sometimes allows not only to get rid of soot, but also to replace the activator for the stings with it, and the soldering will become better. If you compare the cost of a good pencil and activator, you can buy a couple of dozen tools for an iron at the price of a means to protect the sting.

But the most difficult thing in sting pollution is not the formation of soot (it can always be removed mechanically), but the formation of oxides.

They are difficult to remove and significantly reduce the quality of soldering.

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People's fight against oxides soldering tips


Aspirin cleans well the copper tips of a soldering iron.

It may not be possible to overcome oxides from the first time even with the help of purchased means. If you have to solder a large number of surfaces with different chemical compositions and the boards themselves, and solder, then specific oxides are formed. You can try not only store, but also folk remedies. The main thing - to take into account the alloy sting. On copper you can experiment more boldly. And for multi-blade tips, it is best to experiment on broken tips.

Some suggest cleaning with an aspirin tablet. This method has shown itself quite well on the brass tips. The downside is that if the temperature is not calculated correctly, aspirin can form a hard carbon, which then will have to be carefully cleaned. Therefore, it is better to use this method on the eternal tips after repeated experiments on copper.

It is believed that the correctly chosen sponge will help to cope even with oxides. Sometimes it works. Someone helps regular cellulose, and someone - sponzh extracted from a girl's or a girl's cosmetic bag with some unknown composition. But this composition allows you to get rid of persistent oxides.

The consequences of oxides are especially unpleasant for soldering irons of micro-soldering, when it is necessary to solder with sidewalls, and not with all the tip of the sting. If synthetic methods do not work, then some use nozzles for a drill or a jewelry drill. The softest set of brushes can really help if you work very carefully.

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