So does it entail the factory restore, or manually clearing certain things? I am on SS 4.3 but am never quite sure what is exactly meant with all the talk of wiping.
Some people prefer wiping any time they change ROM version numbers but wipe or factory restore isn't necessary when upgrading from SS 4.1 to 4.3.
I'd recommend Titanium Backup because it will backup all your apps, it's user friendly and it is free. But you can always wait 5 to 10 minutes after a wipe or factory restore and your apps should be restored back to the application drawer.