How to Use Icky Pic Cleaner as a Cable Gel Solvent on Fiber Optic Cables?

This collage shows the three steps in removing icky pic gel

This collage shows the three steps in removing icky pic gel. From top to bottom: first, get a fresh clean lint-free wipe; then dampen it with the Sticklers™ cleaning pen; then wipe the icky pic gel away.

Quickly and conveniently removing icky pic gel from fiber optic cables can be a challenge, but the new Sticklers™ cleaning pen solves the icky pic cleaner problem. Also spelled “icky-pick” or “icky-pik” this is a messy, gelatinous substance used inside exterior-rated fiber optic cabling. The cable is filled with the gel which allows the interior cables to move and shift during transit, thermal changes and installation. Icky-pick also tastes bad, which discourages animals from biting or damaging the cable. It also keeps water out of the cable. The thick gelatin stains clothing and hands and is very difficult to remove.

When fiber optic cables are to be spliced, an icky pic cleaner must be used to remove the cable gel, to prevent fouling of the splice. In the old days, paint thinner and even lemon juice from the grocery store was used as a clean-up fluid. Today Sticklers™ has a much better answer with the Sticklers™ Adhesive and Cable Gel Cleaning Pen. As shown in the photos, use the pen to dampen a lint free wipe to get the best results.

This product is used by makers of fiber optic cables, like Prysmian and General Cable, as well as installers in the field.