During the SARS outbreaks in Toronto we got used to washing our hands after we touched an elevator button or opened a door. As a Locksmith I have noticed that people are wearing down the paint around push plates on doors as they try to avoid picking up a microbe from the last person who pushed open the door.
The answer to our fears is a new coating for locks and door hardware that uses Silver Ions to kill microbes. Silver is a natural killer of Microbes – this is why Silver is so popular in eating utensils. Microbes mistake the Silver Ions for food and though Silver is toxic to microbes it is harmless to humans, animals and the eco-system.1
This new finish is available on a selection of door knobs from reliable manufacturers like Sargent and Corbin as well as push plates and pull handles. We expect large facilities related to health care to be the first to change over to the new coated products. Many such facilities have already started using Silver Ion cleaning products such as SilverClene24 to clean hard surfaces and keep them microbe free for 24 hours. SilverClene24 is designed to be effective against viruses as well as Microbes.
The MicroShield coating continues to work for the life of the product – even if the coating is scratched it will continue to effectively kill microbes. Normal cleaning practices should continue on all coated door hardware.
The products mentioned in this article are available for purchase from Spadina Security online, by phone (416) 706-7233 and in our affiliated stores.