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Various types of swabs suitable for various industries

Various types of swabs suitable for various industries

Life sciences, clean rooms, clean rooms, electronics, medical care, biopharmaceuticals, in vitro diagnostics, scientific research, forensics, public security criminal investigation

How do you know which to choose for which applications?
We’ve put together this brief overview on how to choose the right medical swabs based on your specific needs.

Flockthe ultimate tipped applicator
ideal for: diagnostic applications that require rapid absorption and complete elution of biological specimens
The ultimate tipped applicator, short synthetic fibers applied to the adhesive-coated surface of a synthetic handle tip are known as “flocked swabs”. Puritan’s US made patented PurFlock Ultra ® and HydraFlock ® applicators bring you optimum collection and release properties in this industry favorite applicator style. Designed for diagnostic applications, the unique microstructure and exclusive proprietary multi-length fibers of our flocked swabs ensure rapid absorption and complete elution of biological specimens.


absorbent, soft, and low cost

ideal for: basic patient care, cleaning, forensics

Puritan ® brand cotton tipped applicators have been recognized as the gold standard since 1960. We use only US pharmaceutical-grade spun cotton fiber, the familiar material commonly used in basic patient care, industrial cleaning, and even crime scene investigation. Very absorbent, soft, low cost, and safe, cotton-tipped applicators perform consistently and reliably.


non-absorbent with superior collection and release properties

ideal for: specimen collection, RDTs and PCR analysis

Polyester tipped applicators for diagnostics utilize a synthetic spun fiber originally known as Dacron ®, a DuPont brand name, but now manufactured by others as a generic material. Polyester fiber has been validated for specimen collection in microbiology, rapid test diagnostics, and PCR analysis. This non-absorbent material has excellent collection and release properties.


absorbent with efficient release, soft and economical

ideal for: specimen collection

Rayon is a spun fiber made from wood pulp. Like cotton, rayon is soft, absorbent and an economical choice for applications where a synthetic material is needed – like for specimen collection. While produced from natural material, the manufacturing process eliminates any components that may damage the specimen or interfere with transport and/or processing.

Calcium Alginate

biodegradable, organic material

ideal for: wound care and STD testing


non-linting, with properties that can be specified

ideal for: diagnostics

Non-linting medical-grade polyurethane foam tipped applicators are commonly used for industrial cleaning but are also widely accepted in healthcare and diagnostics. Puritan specifies the thickness, width, and porosity of the material purchased from a US manufacturer for use in our controlled environment and medical device products. Unique properties can be specified as needed: hydrophilic being very absorbent, hydrophobic being nonabsorbent, chemical resistant – or even a color other than white – your application will determine which foam characteristics will work best.

Knitted Polyester

low-lint, low particulate

ideal for: medical & electronic cleaning

Fabric-tipped applicators are low-lint, low particulate cleaning tools. Using these tips, made from a woven polyester fabric and commonly constructed without soluble adhesives, assures the cleanliness of process required for your controlled environment. Puritan sources fabric directly so they meet our exacting specification.

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