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Tape Lift Analysis

Tape lift sampling is a method used for collecting samples of mould from surfaces. This technique involves the use of a piece of adhesive tape, which is pressed onto the surface suspected of having mould growth, and then carefully removed to collect any mould spores or fragments present on the surface. The tape is then placed onto a microscope slide and examined under a microscope to identify and analyze the type of mould present.

Tape lift sampling is a non-invasive and easy-to-use method that can be used to detect mould growth on a variety of surfaces such as walls, ceilings, carpets, and furniture. It is often used as a preliminary sampling technique to determine whether further testing or remediation is necessary. However, it should be noted that tape lift sampling may not always provide an accurate representation of the mould present, as it only collects samples from the surface and may miss hidden mould growth or mould spores that are not in contact with the surface. In these cases, other sampling methods such as air sampling or bulk sampling may be necessary.

There are several advantages to using tape lift sampling for mould analysis:


Tape lift sampling is a non-invasive method that does not damage the surface being tested. It is a simple and non-destructive way to collect samples of mould from surfaces.

Easy To Use:

Tape lift sampling is a straightforward and easy-to-use technique that requires minimal training or specialized equipment. This makes it a cost-effective and accessible method for preliminary mould testing.

Quick Results:

Tape lift sampling provides quick results as the samples can be collected and analyzed in a short amount of time, often within a few hours.

Can Be Used On A Variety Of Surfaces:

Tape lift sampling can be used on a wide range of surfaces, including walls, floors, furniture, and carpets.

Provides Visual Confirmation:

The samples collected using tape lift sampling can be viewed under a microscope, providing visual confirmation of the presence of mould spores or fragments.


Tape lift sampling is a relatively inexpensive method of mould analysis compared to other more invasive sampling methods.

Overall, tape lift sampling is a useful and practical method for preliminary mould analysis that provides quick results without damaging the surface being tested. It is particularly useful in situations where a quick assessment is required to determine whether further testing or remediation is necessary.

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