90% of fiber optic cable performance issues are the result of dirty end faces.
Fiber optic cable is typically used to move massive amounts of network data sometimes across extremely long distances, and the last thing you want is performance degradation due to a dirty fiber optic end face in the connector, or even worse, dust on one end face ground into the end face of the mating connector scratching the surface causing permanent damage.
Instead, when disconnecting fiber optic connectors or before connecting fiber optic cables, best practice is always to clean the end face, save a picture of the end face using your fiber optic microscope, and then test the cable.
Softing makes cleaning easy with the XpertClean fiber optic cleaning kits and fiber optic cleaning process.
XpertClean Kit for LC, ST, SC, FC Fiber Optic End Faces
Part number: XC-AC-CKIT-FIBER
The 1.25mm LC and 2.5 mm ST, SC, FC end face XpertClean kit includes everything you need to get your fiber optic end faces clean:
- CleanMachine easy and fast end face cleaning. Push and click the tool, fabric is advanced over the cleaning tip to ensure fabric is always clean
- CleanWash is a fiber optic cleaning pen that contains a nonflammable solvent cleaner and static charge dissipater. Apply to CleanMachine tip.
- CleanSlide is a dry cleaner that cleans contaminants such as dust or oil from the end face of SC, FC, ST, MU, PC, and APC type connectors without any optional connectors or parts required.