Tape Lift sampling is a simple technique, that is often used to collect settled dust sample from surfaces like floor, furniture, walls and even carpets. Tape lift samples are usually examined by light microscopy for mold, fibres, biological materials, insects and other particles found in dust. LCS Laboratory Inc., offers various tests of dust collected on tape lifts.
To collect a Tape Lift sample you will need a roll of transparent tape, Ziploc bags, a permanent marker, and a LCS Laboratory request form .
It is important to use a transparent tape, which is clear even under high magnification and does not interfere with analysis.
In opposite, Scotch tape (even if it looks similar to a transparent tape) is not suitable for sampling. The Scotch tape is made opaque by blending mineral dust into film which makes this tape a poore choice for microscopy. Packaging tape does not work either due to glue formulation, which contains dust interfering with analysis. Once you have the supplies ready, the sampling part is simple.
The dust is imprinted on the tape and now can be tested by LCS Laboratory.