What are Antimicrobial Finishes?
Antimicrobials kill microorganisms on contact and prevent the growth and spreading of harmful bacteria.
So how does this apply to hardware and what are antimicrobial finishes for metal? Touch surfaces like door handles and drawer pulls are some of the worst offenders when it comes to collecting bacteria and becoming a breeding ground for living microorganisms. Antimicrobial finish can be added to the material and create a clear coat that will penetrate the surface and provide a layer of protection that kills germs on contact. This finish is applied using heat and will create a long-lasting protective finish that is unmatched by any other natural metal surface.
Copper and copper alloys such as bronze or brass have inherent qualities that effectively prevent microbes from taking residence on the surface, usually killing the bacteria within a couple of hours. These natural properties make copper alloys effective options for touch surfaces, but don’t necessarily offer the most versatile selections for finish options. Enter the antimicrobial finish. You can now enjoy even greater protection on your favorite plated and powder coated finishes to match your interior design and décor.
Mockett has an extensive line of drawer pulls, cabinet hardware, and door handles that can all be treated with antimicrobial finishes. This treatment can be applied with reasonable lead times on a custom basis. This is especially useful in commercial spaces and offices with shared user access to doors and drawers. As we continue to define the new way we look at design going forward during and after the Coronavirus, it is important to consider user safety by killing harmful germs on contact.