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Putting It All Together

After knowing the problems encountered that result in loss of optical signal and damaged connectors and fibers, and finding the materials and methods to correct the problems, you can put all of this information together to create a cleaning procedure that will work for your application.

Use these steps to write a procedure that will work and, if followed, will yield repeatable EXCELLENT results.

Step 1: Define your materials and tools. Use only the highest quality materials to reduce or eliminate any chances of inadequate cleaning or new contamination from inferior products. Make sure your tools are clean and in working order.

Step 2: Have all the materials and tools available for the procedure to work. If you are missing anything, your procedure will fail. Always have a good supply of consummables on hand - never risk running out. Don't forget fresh batteries for scopes.

Step 3: Write your procedure to follow the proper use and safety of the materials.

When using wipes, a) wipe in one direction only, using a slight turning or twist of the connector endface, b) do not reuse wipes or you take the risk of poor cleaning, added contamination, and damage, c) use only anhydrous (99%) alcohol for fastest drying time and no spotting.

When using swabs, use the proper size for the connector or adapter and follow the same procedures as with wipes: single use, single direction motion with half twist (straight pull out), anhydrous alcohol.

Step 4: Dry. Use filtered air immediately after a wet clean. A clean, dry wipe is an alternative.

Step 5: Replace connector in its operating position or protect immediately after cleaning. Only replace connectors when its mate and adapter have been cleaned.

Following these five steps with the knowledge of your materials and tools, you will be able to develop a cleaning procedure that will ensure repeatable positive results.