The Sticklers® cleaning fluid is nonflammable, fast-drying, residue-free and engineered for cleaning fiber optic end-faces
The Sticklers® cleaning fluid is nonflammable, fast-drying, residue-free and engineered for cleaning fiber optic end-faces

Fiber optics need fast, consistent and reliable cleaning for optimal operation. The selection of a cleaning fluid is a complex trade-off of many attributes: cost, storage, handling, purity, actual cleaning ability, drying time and worker safety to name a few. Modern, nonflammable fluids are the best choice to ensure a clean surface that is optimized for ultra-high speed and ultra-capacity fiber optics.

Technicians should seek out cleaning fluids that have the following characteristics:

  • Engineered specifically for cleaning fiber
  • Packaged in sealed, nonrefillable containers (to prevent cross-contamination and spills)
  • Nonflammable, for maximum safety
  • Plastic-safe
  • Nontoxic, with a good environmental profile
  • Fast evaporation
  • No residues
  • Do not contain water
  • Air-transportable as nonhazardous

The Sticklers® Fiber Optic Splice and Connector Cleaner Fluid (#MCC-POC03M) is the leading product in this class. The Viavi  CleanBlast Fluid is an excellent choice as well. Both are available from your Sticklers distributors.

This photomicrograph shows the diffraction pattern of a thin liquid contamination on the end-face, most likely alcohol
This photomicrograph shows the diffraction pattern of a thin liquid contamination on the end-face, most likely alcohol residues from improper cleaning

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