What's the Most Antibacterial Material for Door Handles?

What’s the Most Antibacterial Material for Door Handles?

January 22, 2019

You don’t need a medical degree to understand why door handles are by far some of the most bacteria-ridden surfaces in your house. Everyone in your home touches the door handle. Who knows if their hands are clean or if they’ve just recently sneezed or blown their nose? Those germs quickly move from person to person, possibly spreading illnesses all over the house.

The good news is that not all door handles are created equal when it comes to germ protection. Copper helps to kill certain types of bacteria, meaning that any door handles made with higher copper content (like brass or bronze) are much better at keeping your doorknobs germ free. Continue reading to learn more about the advantages of choosing copper-based high-end door hardware in Colorado.

The science behind copper

Although researchers aren’t 100 percent certain, it appears as if copper effectively suffocates germs, and could even stop them from feeding and destroy their DNA. Studies show that copper prevents the spread of MRSA, the flu virus and E. coli bacteria. A 10-week study performed in a hospital proved that copper-based door handles had 95 percent fewer bugs than other materials tested. Even though you don’t live in a hospital or really need to worry about MRSA living in your home, the choice is still clear if you want to have the cleanest home possible.

Other advantages of copper-based door handles

Preventing the spread of germs is nice, but that’s far from the only reason why our customers choose door handles that are high in copper content. These are a few more reasons to choose copper hardware for all of your door handles:

  • Timeless look: Fads come and go all the time in the world of home design and remodeling. One thing that will never get old or go out of style, however, is brass and bronze door handles. These copper-based handles look great in practically any home and will never fall out of favor for a different material.
  • Long lasting: What’s the point of buying a door handle and needing to replace it every few years because it starts to look tarnished or even fall apart? There is none—it’s a waste of time and money. However, that won’t be an issue if you choose a copper-based handle. We guarantee that your copper-based handles will last for much longer than many other fixtures in your home.
  • Cost effective: We understand that you don’t want to blow your renovation budget just by upgrading your door hardware. For that reason, we recommend choosing brass or bronze handles or knobs. For what you get in terms of appearance and durability, you can’t beat the price of copper-based door handles.

Whether you’re interested in buying copper-based door handles to reduce the spread of germs or because they look fantastic, be sure to shop at Custom Door Hardware. Since 2000, we’ve been providing our customers with the best high-end door hardware in Colorado. Stop by our showroom today to check out our selection!

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