How do I clean my soldering iron tip?

I hope you can help me here, my whole soldering iron tip is covered in oxides, except the very end of the tip, that part is fine. The oxides won't come off, I even tried to use the tip cleaner stuff, but that did not work, it only prevent the oxides from forming... :(

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lemonie8 years ago
My tip is a rotten piece of cheap-muck - I use s grinding-wheel, sandpaper, and various other hard abrasives... L
caitlinsdad8 years ago
Do you keep a slightly damp sponge handy whilst soldering? I use it to wipe the tip every once in a while when the iron is hot to get the flux and gunk off of it. Once the tip is properly tinned, you should be able to keep it in good shape. Emery cloth or a file to get it down to good metal and then tin the tip with solder. Use one iron only for electronics and another to do plastic or wood carving.
LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
Try a file.
Thats what I do to clean my soldering tip.
Firebert0109 years ago
Steel wool is not enough for this, you have to clean it every time you use it. A heavy grit sandpaper would work, but it would take a while. You could grind it off carefully with a Dremel if you like.
whatsisface9 years ago
I use a file/sandpaper.
Brennn109 years ago
I use steel wool for my soldering iron.