There are 2 main types of swabs when it comes to tip of the matter.
Most people have experience with spun fiber swabs (cotton swabs, polyester swabs, rayon swabs). Most consumer swabs for cosmetics and hygiene consist of spun cotton fiber swabs. The newest in swab and applicator technology: Flocked Swabs.
Flocked swabs are different.
Most notably, Flocked swabs have ultra tiny bristles. These are far better at picking up and releasing specimen for collection and diagnostics.
Yet, spun fiber swab traits make it far less effective for these types of uses. Specimen and material are improperly trapped in the spun fiber and often softer/porous core.
Unique, bristled design of flocked swabs makes them ideal for specimen collection. Especially diagnostic testing, buccal cell collection, DNA testing, and forensic evidence collection.
Each swab tip features fine bristles, uniformly arranged around the applicator handle. Therefore this ensures that the tips are ultra-clean and always reliable. Compared with traditional fiber swabs, flocked swabs don’t have a porous internal core to trap and absorb collected specimens.
Instead, they feature a velvet-like brush tip that ensures superior collection and release characteristics.
Sometimes picking the right swab for the job can be challenging.
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