Flu Season Ramps Up: Antimicrobial Finishes & Hands-Free Options Might Be the Answer

antimicrobial finishesI just received an email from my daughter’s school notifying me they would be closing her campus for the rest of the week to disinfect the building.

There’s been a record number of cases of the flu and strep at her school and they’ve reached their breaking point. Something had to change, so a shutdown was the answer.

In all of the years she’s been at this school, I’ve never seen them shut down for illness.

Half an inch of snow? Sure. Illness? No way.

Regardless, it was warranted and it made me think to myself, “I wonder if they have antimicrobial finishes on their door pulls?”

Then I slathered on obscene amounts of hand sanitizer and began writing this article.

Antimicrobial Finishes and Hardware

During flu season I’m even more thankful for antimicrobial hardware. Copper is naturally toxic to germs and doesn’t allow them to live on the surface. This is a huge lifesaver in schools and other public facilities.

Sargent now offers an antimicrobial finish that suppresses microbes. It’s available in silver, if copper isn’t the look you want.

Both of these options are more expensive than standard hardware, but if germs are a concern, it’s worth it. With a flu season like this one, I can’t imagine you wouldn’t want to pony up a little extra dough.

Hands-Free Options

Any sort of hands-free option is going to be a great choice when it comes to avoiding germs during the cold and flu season. In the restroom, you have the option for hands-free restroom kits.

These come equipped with a motion sensor that trips a relay when a patron’s hand is swiped in front of it. The door operator is then triggered, the door opens, and allows the customer to escape germ free!

(There isn’t anywhere much grosser than a bathroom door pull…hands-free restroom kits are a life-saver during this time of year.)

You also  have your choice of automatic door openers for other doors throughout your facility. You can choose from full-power or low-energy operators.

Both options allow the customer to enter or exit a building without having to come into contact with the door because they open when a sensor is triggered when someone nears the door. The low-energy operator has the option of being pushed open manually, but it isn’t mandatory.

Are you looking for more ways to keep your facility germ-free? Are you curious about antimicrobial finishes? We can help! Contact us today!


About Whitney Danhauer

Whitney Fay is the Content Manager at LockNet, handling content creation, presentation development and manages all of the social media for LockNet. She has a ridiculous amount of pop culture knowledge that has yet to make her rich and famous. You want to know that one actress in that one movie? Ask Whitney.

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