Many of us worry about the cleanliness of shared spaces like work kitchens and public loos.Yet,few of us stop to consider door handles.However,this is one item that everyone going into and out of a room or building usually has to touch.
Along with light switches and buzzers,door handles can pose a health hazard for 2 reasons:
Not everyone is as rigorous about handwashing as they should be and hands are the part of the body we use most when interacting with the world.
Depending on the type of material they are made from,door handles can be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs,including the common cold,meningitis & swine flu.
Companies and institutions that get a high amount of traffic such as airports,hospitals & hotels are often very aware of this,which is why many install automatic doors or hire professional cleaning services.
The best solution is to make sure they are regularly cleaned.This can easily be performed using a spray disinfectant, which can be applied either directly onto the surface, or in the case of light switches, sprayed onto a cleaning cloth first.A good product will usually kill 99.99% of bacteria, as well as the most common contact viruses in as little as 30 seconds will.