With the spread of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to keep hands and household surfaces clean. Millions of Americans are spending more time at home than ever before right now, which means we’re touching our door handles and hardware more often as well. Regularly cleaning and sanitizing surfaces throughout your home can help to reduce the transmission of a wide range of viruses and bacteria, which is why it’s always important.
At Minneapolis Lock and Key, we’re committed to the safety and health of our community neighbors here in Minneapolis, a place we’ve called home since 1915. That’s why today, we’re sharing this advice for safe door hardware cleaning practices to protect your loved ones during this difficult time and always.
Viral Transmission on Doors
Our hands are a common source of transmission for many viruses and bacteria, and the COVID-19 virus is no exception. That means everything we touch with our hands should be cleaned regularly. Some of the worst offenders in a home are the kitchen, bathroom, and entry door, which are the most frequently used spaces in a home.
These are just a few places where viruses and bacteria can be found around homes:
● Remote controls
● Computer equipment
● Handrails and banisters
● Doorknobs and locks
Cleaning Your Door Hardware
When cleaning your door handles and hardware, you want to use a cleaner that’s safe for your family and gentle enough to be used often. At the same time, you want to be sure to kill any potential viruses or bacteria that might be on your hardware.
The best cleaning supplies will be determined by the type of door handle material you’ve got. One of the most common door handle materials is brass. As an alloy of copper and zinc, brass can easily become tarnished if the wrong type of cleaner is used.
Any of these can be used to clean your door hardware:
1. Alcohol-based solutions not exceeding 70 percent alcohol
2. Hydrogen-peroxide and hydrogen-peroxide-containing products
3. Any hardware surface cleaners you would use on your computer equipment, light switches, or remote controls
4. Pre-moistened wipes
5. Microfiber pads
Safe and Effective Cleaning Practices
When working with a microfiber pad or cleaning solution, apply the solution to the pad or cloth and then wipe down the entire surface. You’ll want to clean any surfaces that come into contact frequently with your family members’ hands. This includes locks, door handles, and even keys. Be sure to clean the entire piece of equipment thoroughly until it is visibly wet and allow it to dry naturally.
Pitfalls to Avoid
You want to get everything clean without causing any damage to the door hardware with cleaners or cleaning tools that could harm the material. Follow these warnings when cleaning your door hardware:
● Avoid using industrial solvents and highly potent bathroom cleaners as these can damage your door handles.
● Steer clear of highly alkaline cleaning products that can wreak havoc on plastics and metals. This includes sodium hydroxide, sodium carbonate, and ammonia.
● Avoid using highly concentrated bleach. This can cause damage to the door hardware and even cause a reaction that leads to corrosion.
● Never spray cleaning products directly on your door handle.
● Never combine cleaning products as this can cause a dangerous reaction.
● Avoid using abrasive products. Instead of scouring pads or steel wool, stick to soft fabrics that won’t damage your door handle or lock.
One of the best ways to avoid viral transmission through door handles and hardware is to avoid the need to touch them entirely. In areas of your home where it’s possible, consider propping doors open. That way, you reduce the chance that any viruses might get spread and extend the effectiveness of regular cleaning. Be sure to disinfect and clean your door hardware regularly. It’s also important to encourage family members to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.
Your Minneapolis Residential Locksmithing Services Team
At Minneapolis Lock and Key, our residential lock smithing experts are proud to serve our community and neighbors. We’re a family-owned and operated locksmith offering emergency locksmithing services, rekeys, lock replacement, and a full range of locksmithing and security services for over a century. If you need anything, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 612-823-8148 for help with your home door hardware needs. Or contact us on the web to connect with a member of our team.