Why You Should Consider Door Hardware with INOX Antimicrobial Coatings

Why You Should Consider Door Hardware with INOX Antimicrobial Coatings

November 18, 2020

If you’re looking into replacing your door hardware, whether it’s for standard doors or cabinetry, you might consider looking into hardware that comes with antimicrobial coatings, like Unison Hardware’s INOX.

Antimicrobial coatings are frequently added to door hardware in Colorado to protect against bacteria and other microbes. When you consider how frequently you use door hardware in your home, it only makes sense to do what you can to attack bacteria and microbes at those sources, as you will come into contact with those surfaces frequently.

This is also an especially beneficial option for public buildings that get a lot of traffic, such as schools and healthcare facilities. Antimicrobial coated door hardware can cut down on potential bacteria transmission as hundreds of people come and go through the doors each day.

Here’s an overview of what you should know about these coatings and what they can do for you.

What is INOX?

Unison Hardware’s INOX is a product line that uses an antimicrobial coating for high-touch surfaces like doorknobs. When properly applied to the chosen substrate, the coating will create a long-lasting, positively-charged molecular bond with that substrate material. The strength of this bond means the coating cannot simply wear off or be absorbed by other materials—it is there to stay for a long period of time.

After a doorknob has been treated with INOX coatings, the negatively-charged microbes that might otherwise affect the hardware are attracted to the positively-charged antimicrobial coating. When the microbe approaches, those antimicrobial elements attack the approaching microbe cells. The further the microbe gets into the antimicrobial coating, the more it’s killed off and essentially electrocuted.

These antimicrobial elements do not dissipate over time, which means that active protection layer will remain intact and fully in effect, ready for any cell that approaches all day, every day.

Why is INOX important?

The most obvious benefit of using an INOX antimicrobial agent on door hardware is that it will help you to create a much healthier, more sterile space in public and high-touch environments. We’re living in a world that has been ravaged by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, so taking simple steps like this to cut down on surface contamination is a very important step to ensure you’re doing everything you can to keep people safe.

This protection can last for a very long time—for decades, if applied correctly. Throughout its life, it will help to create an environment that discourages adaptive or resistant micro-organisms, meaning even as bacteria and viruses change, the coating will still offer you the protection you need.

It’s also important to note that the coating is an environmentally friendly option. There are no heavy metals or other potentially harmful toxins that could leach into the environment if the doorknobs are disposed of.

Interested in learning more about why INOX antimicrobial protection is so important for door hardware and the various benefits of using it on your Colorado property? We encourage you to contact the team at Custom Door Hardware with any questions.

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