Information On Cleaning Products and Methods

New Cleaning Products

There are many cleaning products. Some have been used for decades, centuries and millennia: others are newly available. Since the internationally enacted ‘clean air’ legislation of the 1990’s, new solvent chemicals, including water-based cleaners, have changed the ways just about everything is cleaned!

Precision cleaning of fiber optics has benefited from these in some ways, but in other ways they has been a source of confusion.

Re-standardizing Cleaning Methods

This site and these books are intended to clarify and re-standardize the essential task of properly cleaning a fiber optic connection. Why is this important? Practical speed and capacity is today, in 2015, at a point once considered ‘theoretical’ just a few years ago.

A few of us consider existing standards as “minimum requirements”. Since these are updated every 5-10 years the practicality of new equipment and user demands often obsolete a standard at the time it is published.

Cleaning Methods

It is said there are three cleaning methods for fiber optic connections and components:

  • a “dry” process
  • a “wet-to-dry” process
  • a “hybrid” or “combination” technique.

There is a 4th Procedure: it is “blind-cleaning” : the assumption that any process will clean any debris or contamination in a leap-of-faith without video inspection!

If video inspection isn’t available or practical, be wary of blind-cleaning. This is the least effective way to future-proof a fiber optic deployment of any kind!!!