Does your door hold a dirty secret?

The necessity for deep cleaning to combat disease has been more pertinent never, especially within care and health sectors where efforts to limit contagion have already been stepped-up to minimise contamination through contact.

This consists of doors – entrances to wards, operating theatres, laboratories, emergency rooms along with other public areas.

Naturally, you will see a concentrate on minimising contact transmission by cleaning handles, fingerplates along with other door architecture which has frequent use, but think about those all-important drop and fingerguards seals? All door parts have a propensity to trap dirt or germs but can they take the impact of rigorous cleaning and remain effective?

Strand Hardware may be the exclusive UK distributor for Athmer finger protection which includes undertaken rigorous testing of its products utilizing a selection of cleaning agents.

The merchandise were extensively tested using with common cleaning agents and disinfectants from the RKI/VAH list. These were examined for possible reactions and resistance to:

• Bacillol AF
• Incidin +
• Trichlorol
• Optisept
• Milk of lime
• Terralin
• Helipur

The tests found little if any a reaction to the 100% pure solutions, with only slight discolouration of fabric because of deposits due to evaporation of the cleaning products. No negative impact was caused to the event or durability of the components.

Finger protection is really a vital safety measure in public areas buildings, those where children or vulnerable folks are present particularly. A closing door will exert an enormous quantity of pressure on fingers or hands trapped in the hinge gap and will cause injury.

Catherine Franks, Managing Director of Strand Hardware, was keen to indicate that not absolutely all fingerguards are created equal.

“There are always a lot of cheap plastic finger protectors getting into the UK which might not need durability or resistance to cleaning products. Much like heat, cold or ageing, detergents could cause plastics to become brittle,” she said.

“Athmer finger guards provide a quality product range that is durable and reliable, preventing injuries through the elimination of the chance of accidental finger entrapment between your closing edges of the entranceway leaf and the entranceway frame. Specifiers should choose products which have been tested to BS8613 in addition to being tested with cleaning products.”

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For more information visit www.strandhardware.co.uk

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