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Remove iron filings from magnets

How do I remove iron filings from my magnets?
Author: Serge B., Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Project 348 - Online since: 11/05/2010, Number of visits: 137649

Magnet full of iron filings
It is fascinating to experiment with magnets (in the picture: THE GIANT) and iron filings. But who ever tried to remove iron filings (or small splinters of other magnets) from magnets will know that this can be very cumbersome. I found a simply solution:

1. Let candle wax drip onto a piece of paper.
2. Knead the wax while still warm.
3. When you press the wax onto the magnet, the filings stick to the wax.

4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until all filings are removed.
5. Finally, you can use a tissue or rag to free the magnet from the wax.
Caution: The hot wax must not be dripped directly onto the magnet since the heat would cause it to lose its magnetic power!

Clean separation: All filings are in the wax, the magnet is blank again.

Addition from the supermagnete team: You can also use adhesive tape to remove iron filings from a magnet.



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