6 Products That Are Helping Businesses Fight COVID-19: Germ Shields and More

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Harry’s Locksmith has teamed up with the industry’s leading manufacturers to provide products that can help prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19.

Technologies like germ shields, touchless hardware and antimicrobial coated hardware can help stop the spread of germs. In addition to hand hygiene and cleaning practices, these products are here to develop a multi-barrier form of protection.


1. Germ shields

As the coronavirus winds down, banks, grocery stores, and facilities with office spaces in Washington and Oregon are buying germ shields to protect their customers and employees. Germ shields (aka sneeze guards) are freestanding clear acrylic shields that can be placed at any transaction area. They serve as a barrier for droplets from cough, sneeze, spitting or talking. Germ shields are one effective method businesses are utilizing to stop the spread of germs. View germ shield brochure here.

Where are germ shields used? 

If you have a transaction area in your building or a conference table, our plexiglass acrylic germ shields could be the right fit for your facility. Custom sizes are available. 

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2. Antimicrobial coated door hardware

Harry’s Locksmith is a provider and installer for manufactured antimicrobial coated door hardware. We work with the biggest brands, like Allegion and Assa Abloy for example, to provide top notch antimicrobial door hardware solutions.

What makes antimicrobial coated door hardware special? The silver ion microbial coating. This coating is specially formulated to combat the growth of bacteria by interrupting cell multiplication. 

How does the technology work? Ionic silver coatings interact with the bonding site on the microbe surface. The result is that the silver ions surround bacteria cells, blockading food and slowing the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew. 

Antimicrobial coated hardware is ideally suited for high traffic, public use areas. Microban antimicrobial hardware is also available for our residential customers. This type of hardware is not a substitute for hygiene or cleanliness.

What types of antimicrobial hardware do we install? Panic bars, exit bars, door handles, door plates, and push/pull handles. We have a wide range of products that feature an antimicrobial coating along with different styles, functions and finishes that fit your building use and design.

Instead of using a wipe, consider a long-term solution like antimicrobial coated hardware for your facility. Invest in and provide protection for years to come. 

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3. Germ protective sleeves

Germ sleeves are one antimicrobial solution that businesses are using to reduce the occurrence of viruses like COVID-19. Germ sleeves are adhesive tapes that provide an antimicrobial and anti-fungal coating. They can be placed on all types of surfaces and handles within your facility.

How are they applied? Germ sleeves shrink to fit with an adhesive film cover that continuously reduces the presence of microbes on their surface. They are designed to cover most common touch-points such as door handles, push plates and hand railings.

Door knobs, door handles, ADA door handles, panic hardware and push bar doors are examples of germ sleeve applications. Germ sleeves are available in a variety of sizes and are designed to fit over common sizes of toilet and faucet handles and door knobs. Quick install and versatile for a variety of commercial and residential applications.

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4. Copper coated hardware

Are you looking for a simple way to make your business or school safer? Copper coated hardware may be the answer. 

We install a variety of copper plated door hardware. For example, copper plated door handles, door knobs, entry door locks, and other touch points.

How does copper kill germs? Copper has antimicrobial properties that destroy bacteria’s DNA. It is known to kill surface bacteria. Copper is the only solid metal touch surface to have been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recognition of antimicrobial properties. Copper alloy metals like brasses and bronzes are also effective against many disease-causing bacteria.

According to the EPA, “when cleaning regularly, antimicrobial copper alloys surfaces kill greater than 99.9 percent of (specific) bacteria within two hours, and continue to kill more than 99 perfect of (these) bacteria even after repeated contamination”. 

Copper plated door hardware is not a substitute for standard cleaning protocols and thorough hand hygiene.

What are other applications for copper coated hardware? Hospitals, schools, banks, and other high traffic buildings are using copper plated hardware. If your building has a push bar, vertical pull bar, rectangular crash bar, push plate, round crash bar, or an accessible door button (ADA), we provide copper covers.  


5. Touchless hardware

Did you know that more than 80% of viruses are spread by our hands? Stop the spread of bacteria with products like touchless or hands free door opening devices. 

Banks, businesses, medical facilities, and commercial properties are investing in touchless hardware to protect against harmful germs. 

Harry’s Locksmith is a provider and installer for a variety of hands free door opening options including no touch electronic locks, touchless actuators, wave to open devices, and keyless entry. Consider this article when you choose between commercial locksmith companies.

Hands free activation devices are designed to detect the motion of a wave and send an electrical signal to the door operator to open the door, re-open or hold a door open. 

Offering no touch openings can make a big difference in inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Touchless switches also enhance user experiences and increase ADA accessibility. 


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6. PUR cleaner spray

PUR cleaner spray is an EPA approved COVID-19 sanitizer. It is known to “kill germs in as few as 30 seconds and does not require rinsing” (link quote to flyer on our site). The sanitizing spray is ideally used in restaurants, offices, hospitals, schools, hotels, restrooms, recreational facilities, public transport vehicles, and homes.

Restaurants love PUR cleaner spray because it is approved for food contact surfaces without the requirement of a rinse. For example, after you spray your countertop you do not need to rinse it afterwards. 

It can be used on painted, glazed tile, plastic, metal, glass and glazed porcelain. For other areas, make sure to test in an inconspicuous area before use.

How long does PUR cleaner spray last? When used as directed, it provides 24 hour protection. And it continues to kill common bacteria for up to 24 hours.

Does it have bleach in it? PURE spray is easy to use and contains no bleach, ammonia, phosphates, phenols or VOC emitting compounds. The odorless formula is non-caustic and non-irritating.

Now more than ever, companies are developing plans to provide protection on their public doors. How are you preparing your facility for post-coronavirus operations? 

Find out if our new COVID 19 security hardware is right for your facility. Call or email us today to set up a free consultation with one of our project managers.

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Harry’s Locksmith serves customers in Vancouver, Portland, and surrounding metro areas. Established since 1949, we are a trusted COVID-19 security hardware installer and provider.

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