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The Clean Truth: New Doesn't Always Mean Clean for Fiber End Faces
September 14, 2023

In the fast-paced world of fiber optics, the belief that brand-new connectors are automatically pristine and ready for use straight out of the box is a common misconception. Surprisingly, even fresh out-of-the-factory end faces can fall victim to contamination during the intricate manufacturing and packaging processes. In this blog post, we'll explore why 'new' doesn't necessarily mean 'clean' when it comes to fiber end faces, and how Sticklers™ offers reliable solutions to ensure optimal performance.

The Dirty Reality of New Fiber Optic Connectors:

Dust particles, oils, off-gases, and various other manufacturing contaminants can effortlessly infiltrate the seemingly clean environment of fiber optic connectors. These contaminants pose a serious threat to the integrity of the end faces, potentially causing signal loss, reduced data throughput, network outages, and ultimately, dissatisfaction among users.

Manufacturing and packaging procedures expose connectors to a host of potential pollutants. Even the most advanced production facilities can't completely eliminate the risk of microscopic intruders finding their way onto the delicate surfaces of fiber end faces.

The Consequences of Contaminated End Faces:

Contamination on fiber end faces can have severe consequences for network performance. Signal loss and reduced data throughput are just the tip of the iceberg. Costly network outages can result from compromised connections, leading to downtime and impacting the bottom line of businesses that rely on a seamless flow of data. 

Customer satisfaction is also at stake. Users demand consistently high-speed and reliable connectivity, and any disruptions caused by contaminated fiber end faces can lead to frustration and dissatisfaction. It's clear that ensuring the cleanliness of end faces is crucial to maintaining a reliable and efficient fiber optic network.

Sticklers™: A Solution for Clean and Static-Free End Faces:

Recognizing the critical need for pristine fiber end faces, Sticklers™ provides a comprehensive range of tools and fluids designed to address the challenges of contamination. Whether your connectors are fresh from the manufacturing line or have been in service for years, Sticklers™ offers reliable solutions to ensure clean and static-free end faces.

These specialized tools and fluids are meticulously crafted to remove contaminants, guaranteeing optimal signal performance and preventing network disruptions. By incorporating Sticklers™ products into your installation and  maintenance routines, you can enhance the longevity of your fiber optic network and deliver a consistently high level of customer satisfaction. 

Here are some of the most popular and effective Sticklers™ fiber cleaning products:

Sticklers™ Fiber Optic Splice & Connector Cleaner

Sticklers™ Fiber Optic Cleaning Kit

Sticklers™ Cleanstixx™ End Face Cleaning Sticks


The misconception that new fiber optic connectors are inherently clean is dispelled when we consider the processes involved in their manufacturing and packaging. Contaminated end faces pose a serious threat to network performance, making it essential to adopt proactive measures for cleanliness.

Sticklers™ stands out as a trusted partner in maintaining clean and static-free fiber end faces, offering a range of specialized tools and fluids. Whether your connectors are fresh out of the bag or have been in service for years, Sticklers™ provides the solution to ensure your fiber optic network operates at its peak efficiency, minimizing the risk of disruptions and maximizing customer satisfaction.