Q: I’ve been working in a studio for many years now as an assistant, and I just recently started helping another assistant with cable and equipment repair.
My soldering technique, while not the best, is coming along nicely given that I only started a few weeks ago.
I noticed when I first started with the new soldering iron that was at the studio that it seemed to get really dirty and never really cleaned up.
Now, I realize this is a fairly dirty task, so I’m not looking to keep the iron immaculate.
However, is there any specific way I should be caring for the iron?
A: Glad to hear you like getting your hands dirty repairing your gear!
To prolong the life of your soldering iron always leave a ball of solder on the tip when not in use, then wipe it off with a wet sponge, or cloth before using.
This will help keep the plating from burning off the tip, making the job much easier.
It will also prolong the life of your soldering tip, saving you a little bit of ever-valuable cash.
As always, we welcome input from the PSW community and would love to know how you care for your soldering equipment. Feel free to let us know in the comments below.
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