In a public space, doors and door hardware are one of the most touched surfaces, increasing the risk of the transmission of viruses and bacteria. See below to learn how to keep your commercial door hardware, keypads, and readers clean.
GOOD IDEAS FOR CLEANING BUSINESS DOOR FIXTURES
- Target high touch surfaces that are in frequent contact with hands.
- Prepare a mild, non-abrasive, antibacterial detergent, and water solution.
- Gently wipe all surfaces with a soft, damp cloth and make sure to remove any remaining detergent residue.
- For effective cleaning commercial door hardware such as levers, knobs, push pads, and other mechanical touchpoints, the treated surface should appear visibly wet then allowed to air dry.
- For keypads and readers: Apply approved cleaning solution to a cloth, wring out, and then use to wipe down the product’s high touch areas.
- Mechanical touchpoints may be disinfected after cleaning with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. So, dampen a cloth, wipe it down, and allow it to air dry.
AVOID USING ON DOOR EQUIPMENT
- Do not use bleach solutions in high concentrations because it can cause a reaction with the metal and subsequent corrosion.
- Avoid high alkaline cleaners including sodium carbonate, sodium hydroxide, and ammonia, because these can damage metals and plastics.
- Do not use cleaners typically used on bathroom fixtures and industrial solvents, because they will damage the protective finish.
- Do not use abrasive products to apply the cleaner such as scouring pads or steel wool.
- Avoid spraying the cleaning solution directly onto the commercial door hardware.
OTHER DOOR HARDWARE CLEANING TIPS
For most effective germ-transmission prevention, clean and disinfect all commercial door hardware frequently. Unless it poses a security risk, consider leaving interior doors propped open to reduce touchpoints.