Care and Maintenance
for Your Soldering Irons
Soldering irons, as with all equipment, needs proper care and maintenance.
While soldering, use a clean wet sponge or metal mesh cleansing pad to keep the hot iron tip free of dirt.
This should be done periodically.
Before turning off your iron, be sure to cleanthe tip and then re-coat it with a thin coat of solder.
This is referred to as re-tinning.
If your iron has carbon built up on it, use a tinning block of alluminum chloride, that will remove any built up carbon.
Be sure to follow manufacturer's directions.
Some irons require loosening the set screw located near the tip of the iron.
This is done to prevent the iron tip from freezing in the shaft.
It is a good idea to brush off any scales from the shank.
Always read accompanying instructions that came with your iron.
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