Ensuring our home and business environment is clean and safe is a top priority. With the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it’s important to keep surfaces clean and disinfected to help prevent the spread of the virus. This is crucial to do with highly touched locations such door hardware. We recommend implementing regular cleaning and disinfecting practices, as described below, in addition to thorough handwashing and other guidelines outlined by the CDC and World Health Organization.
Cleaning Your Hardware
Start by cleaning your hardware to remove any dust, dirt or debris.
- Wipe surfaces gently with mild soapy water, then repeat with water only to remove soapy residue.
- Dry and buff locks with soft cloth.
- Avoid using high concentrations of bleach solutions which can be corrosive and damaging to metals
- Do not use abrasive products to apply the cleaner such as scouring pads or steel wool.
- Avoid spraying the cleaning solution directly onto the product.
Please note: all lock manufacturers take steps to protect their products from showing signs of wear, but clear coat finishes require regular attention to retain their original appearance. The use of any abrasive or harsh cleaners will break down the surface coating. Locks should be cleaned with mild soapy water and buffed with a soft cloth.
Disinfecting Your Hardware
We recommend following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines under How to clean and disinfect which describes using an easy-to-prepare bleach solution or a 70% alcohol solution like hand sanitizer for disinfecting your home or your building facility.
Wearing disposable gloves, wipe surfaces gently with disinfectant, and do not spray or immerse. Per CDC guidelines, do not wipe the surfaces dry. Instead, the surface should remain wet for a minimum of 1 minute then allowed to air dry to give the disinfectant time to work effectively.