Cleaning Products for Fiber Splicing

The best choices for proper cleaning of fiber optic bare fiber prior to fusion splicing are the Sticklers® Benchtop CleanWipes, which are lint-free wipes for use on bare fiber wet or dry. Use the wipes to thoroughly clean the bare fiber prior to splicing. Each mini-tub contains 90 perforated lint-free wipes, each wipe being 4″ x 2″ (10 cm x 5 cm) clean up to six fiber optic connectors or one bare fiber. You can get a case of 24 mini-tubs, and they have an unlimited shelf life with a 12-month warranty. The fabric is very strong and resists shredding and tearing, even on LC connector end-faces. They are also ideal for cleaning fiber optic connector end-faces, plus lenses, mirrors, diffraction gratings, prisms and test equipment. For best results dampen the wipes with Sticklers® Fiber Optic Splice & Connector Cleaner. This is an optical-grade liquid which easily removes fingerprints, oils, dust, lint and surface films, and is fast drying. The Cleaning Fluid is packaged in a small metal pump spray can (not an aerosol). Each can is equipped with a 3-way dispenser, so you can wet a wipe, dampen a cleaning stick or swab or even spray a burst of fluid. It is nonflammable and can be shipped without hazmat fees or paperwork. Can is good for more than 400 cleaning events, unlimited shelf life and available in case of 12 cans each. It’s important to note that although you can use  isopropanol alcohol when cleaning fiber optics you must use  only 99.9% alcohol. Using  what you find in the local drug store may contains 30% water which leaves a thin residue on the surface if it’s the 70% bottle. Alcohol draws moisture from the air so even if you start with 99.9% and leave the cap off the bottle you will increase the alcohols’ water content significantly, depending on the ambient humidity. Even by repeatedly opening the bottle can contaminate it. These are further reasons why you should use Sicklers Fiber Optic Splice & Connector Cleaner with the 3-way dispenser.

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