“Even if the contact zone initially is clean, static can cause dust to move from the outer zone into the contact zone,” the video explains. Using isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is not a best practice, according to Sticklers®, because alcohol often leaves residues.
Rather, Sticklers® encourages, use a fast-drying, non-flammable, residue-free cleaning fluid like its own. Such a fluid dissipates any static that is created during cleaning. Technicians should dampen a cleaning stick, insert the damp stick into the connector, and rotate it. This practice will prevent static charges from being created on the fiber optic connector endface and therefore will avoid the contamination that a static charge can attract.
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