Germs at Your Fingertips

Surfaces with frequent contact and infrequent cleaning regiments can create the perfect environment for bacteria to quickly multiply and grow. While many people go out of their way to avoid touching door handles in public restrooms, door handles in the home can still be a common spot for bacteria. According to ABC News, the average hand harbors about 150 different species of bacteria. This bacteria is spread through contact with common household products. Additional bacteria can be picked up when cooking or cleaning that can be transmitted to commonly touched items like door hardware. Here are some tips for keeping your handles cleaner.

Simple Solution

There are many types of door handles out there and many need special attention based on age and material, so we recommend a gentle, yet effective, solution that can even be used on delicate handles like brass or other antique metals. Prepare water as hot as you can tolerate and a few drops of dish soap, then apply that to the handle with a soft cloth or soft-bristled brush. Anything too rough or abrasive could scratch your surface. Clean in a circular motion to remove residue and grime that attract stain-causing bacteria. Finally, wipe clean with a new cloth and let dry.


Best Solution

Door hardware with built-in antimicrobial technology can help provide peace of mind on a product that is infrequently cleaned, such as Kwikset door hardware, available at Lowe's and Home Depot. When antimicrobial technology is applied to door hardware, it works constantly to inhibit the growth of microbes. Look for technologies that are registered with the EPA as they have been shown to be safe and effective.
 Adding built-in antimicrobial technology does not affect the aesthetics or the durability of the door hardware. It won't wash off or wear away with normal use, so the technology will provide peace of mind for the life of the product.

Microban® Protection



Door Hardware that Provides Added Protection

Kwikset is the leading residential lock manufacturer, making homeowners feel safe since 1946. Kwikset works hard to understand the world you live in, so that we can do everything we can to protect it. The company’s unwavering commitment to meeting homeowners’ needs has inspired its innovative lock portfolio that now includes Microban product protection finishes.

Microban finish is available on select Kwikset products – Be sure to look for the Microban sticker.

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