Toggle Nav

Our Swab Materials

Puritan® uses only the finest materials to create high-quality swabs for use in healthcare, diagnostics, forensics, controlled environments, food processing and more.

HydraFlock® and PurFlock Ultra®

The ultimate in collection and release

We combined user feedback and a proprietary research manufacturing process to develop a patented, intricate fiber technology that provides the highest collection and elution capacities available on the market.


offers optimum sample collection and rapid release into liquid media


are securely adhered to the shaft so there is no adhesive residue, or fiber treatments to interfere with collection


custom breakpoints and print is also available

How Puritan® Flock Stands Out

Puritan HydraFlock + Purflock Ultra

HydraFlock® + Purflock Ultra®

  • Polyester Flock
  • Highest Performing Collection and Elution
  • NO fiber treatment + pure specimen collection
  • Made in the USA


  • Nylon Flock
  • Inferior specimen absorption and release
  • Yellow coloring = treated or coated
  • Imported

A Tip Material for Every Need

Puritan sources only the finest grade USP cotton, spun polyester and rayon fiber in bales. We card the fiber ourselves to specification to assure consistent quality.

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.


the 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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More
Calcium Alginate
Calcium Alginate

biodegradable, organic material

ideal for: wound care and STD testing

Calcium alginate, and organic material derived from seaweed, is used to make our Calgiswab ® applicators. Biodegradable and suitable for wound care and STD testing, Calcium alginate contains no fatty acids that may be inhibitory to many strains of gonorrhea. Any fibers that remain after treatment or testing will dissolve and be eliminated harmlessly. Puritan offers Calgiswab ® swabs in standard tip sizes on wood, plastic or wire.

Read More

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.

Read More
Knitted Polyester
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.

Read More

A Variety of Handles for Different Applications

Puritan offers multiple handle materials including:

  • Wood
  • Medical grade resins (i.e. polystyrene, polypropylene)
  • Paper
  • Aluminum
  • Electrostatic dissipative
  • Other specialty materials

With varied properties, such as:

  • Flexibility / Stiffness
  • Chemical resistance
  • Anti-static
  • Hollow / Solid
  • Lengths between 3" and 6"

Pre-molded, custom break points and other special features are also available

We Offer Complete Customization

For a diagnostic swab precisely matched to your specialty application, contact us to discuss a custom configuration.

  • Custom tip sizes, shapes & materials
  • Custom handle breakpoints, sizes & materials
  • We can even print your message on handles

Begin the Customization Process

now hiring

Get Top Insights
as Soon as They're Published

Stay informed about industry news, current events, and the
unique properties of Puritan's wide range of products that set us
apart from the rest.

purtian footer logo Copyright © Puritan Medical Products. All rights reserved.Proudly Made in the USA