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Remove iron filings from magnets

How do I remove iron filings from my magnets?
Author: Serge B., Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Online since: 11/05/2010, Number of visits: 519935
Magnet full of iron filings
Magnet full of iron filings
It is fascinating to experiment with magnets (in the picture: THE GIANT) and iron filings. But anyone who ever tried to remove iron filings (or small splinters of other magnets) from a magnet after the experiments knows that this can be a very tedious task. I have found a simple solution:
Clean removal: all filings are now embedded in the wax and the magnet is clean again
Clean removal: all filings are now embedded in the wax and the magnet is clean again
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 step 1 to 3 until all filings have been removed.
5. As a final step, you could use a tissue/rag to clean the wax off the magnet.
Caution: Never drip the hot wax directly onto the magnet as the heat would result in a loss of magnetic force!
Addition from the supermagnete team: You can also use adhesive tape to remove iron filings from a magnet.