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How to take a Sellotape® swab

To take a Sellotape® swab, the following equipment should be used:


  • Non-stick cooking/baking paper

  • Scissors

  • Clear standard Sellotape®

  • Plastic bag

  • Pen

Use clear, standard Sellotape® (opaque tape cannot be used). Press the Sellotape® against the area of fungal growth on such substrates as fibre cement or plasterboard backing paper. (This technique is not suitable for timber).


Do not fold Sellotape® upon itself. Place Sellotape® on non-stick baking or cooking paper and wrap.


Fold the baking paper and place into a plastic bag. Label the bag with the location or sample number, date and any other information that is relevant.


Fill in a Submission Form to accompany the sample and send it to Biodet Services Ltd, Unit K, 383 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket 1023.

If you have more questions, feel free to call us on +64 9 529 1563.

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