Mayer’s glycerin – albumin is used when preparing slides for staining. The albumin helps to ensure that the specimen adheres to the slide and the glycerin retains sufficient moisture to prevent distortion or disruption of organisms on drying.
1. Shake the Mayer’s Albumin to ensure it is well mixed. Place a drop in the centre of the slide. Add a drop of washed sediment to the Mayer’s Albumin and mix well, using an applicator stick.
2. Using the same applicator stick spread the mixture on the slide ensuring that there are alternative thick and thin bands of mixture.
3. Allow the slides to dry well at room temperature before staining.