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I got a mold test kit from Lowes (Pro-Lab). Instructions dont

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I got a mold test kit from Lowes (Pro-Lab). Instructions don't say, but should I tape the perimeter of the petri dish after collecting the samples? Or just let the lid lay on the base (they fit together but very loosely).
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Eric M. Bright replied 5 years ago.

Hi, Welcome to, I am glad you are here! My name is Eric & I will endeavor to answer your question.


If you bought the "Pro-Lab" mold test kit from Lowes. Here is what the instructions say


Special Note: To insure that the sample stays intact during shipping, please place tape (electrical) around the edge of the petri dish and place back in the original zip-lock bag.


Here is a link to the complete instruction sheet.


If you did not by a kit made and serviced by Pro-Lab, The sample security instructions should still hold true.


Yes, tape it before transporting, shipping or mailing!

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Yes, I read that in the instructions, but do I tape it during the time it's sitting waiting for mold to grow (24-96 hrs). If it shows growth, then it says to tape it and ship it. I assumed no reading the instructions, but sites like this
says to tape it (but for bacteria, not specifically mold).

This site also says to store them upside down and in 100deg F in a dark place. The mold kit just says room temp.
Expert:  Eric M. Bright replied 5 years ago.

Pro-Lab has calculated all of their base-lines and median identifiers to be read assuming you do it exactly the way the instructions say to do it ie: room temp etc.

It certainly would not hurt anything to tape the dish while it grows however, you do not need to.

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