With fiber data rates increasing, the need to properly clean fiber end-faces has never been more urgent. But in an effort to save money, many technicians continue to attempt to clean fiber end-faces with inexpensive paper wipes. As it turns out, “Cheap paper wipes are worth everything you pay for them,” notes Sticklers® product manager Brian Teague. “They cause far more problems than they solve.” The major sources of contamination from cheap paper wipes include weak fibers, the wrong wipe size, glues in the paper and more. The paper concludes that operators should not use cheap paper wipes because they will degrade network performance and the low price does not reflect the real cost of re-cleaning, downtime, repair visits or sluggish networks. A better solution would be the high-quality, glue-free wipes from Sticklers® products.