Fiber Optic Cleaning Part 2: Precision Cleaning Methods

Conserve time and money, and take the best approach to precision cleaning the first time. While debris like finger oil or test dust may not present much of a challenge, cleaning processes for field applications may vary widely and must be effective on a range of contaminants and debris.

Common Methods

Dry Cleaning:
Often performed with a swab or probe, this method may prove effective on oily contamination but tends to move – rather than remove – contamination. This process should be performed with video inspection to validate success, in a straight-line motion to move debris away from the initial point of contact.

Wet or Wet-to-Dry Cleaning: Commonly performed using a pre-saturated wipe, this method has the potential to flood the connector and thus draw up contamination from around the ferrule. Saturation must be carefully controlled to avoid failure.

Combination Cleaning: This is the recommended method to ensure maximum effectiveness and repeatability, and includes  a minimal amount of precision solvent combined with no-lint, highly absorbent wiping media. With an integrated drying step built into the procedure, the simple process results  in debris and contamination removal for first time cleaning.

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