You just bought a soldering station thanks to a timely Dealmonger post — now invest in a soldering accessory that’ll help you get the most from your new iron. With Hakko’s 599B tip cleaner you can clean oxidation and excess solder from the tip of your soldering iron with coils of brass, rather than a wet sponge.
Hakko designed the shell of their tip cleaner to keep solder from splattering. The brass coils inside don’t reduce the tip temperature, and since brass is softer than the tip plating and harder than the oxidation, it removes stubborn deposits better than a sponge.
Street pricing for the Hakko tip cleaner is about $10. You can get replacement brass coils for about $5.