Can door hardware with an antimicrobial coating prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other viruses?
Allegion has published instructions on how to best clean and disinfect our products – you can download the document here. The question about antimicrobial coatings is also addressed:
Information Regarding Antimicrobial Coated Surfaces
In line with the CDC and World Health Organization, we believe thorough handwashing is incredibly important in prevention of spreading coronavirus. It’s true that many of our products – like locks, exits and accessories – are available with an antimicrobial coating, which is specifically formulated to inhibit the growth of bacteria by interrupting cell multiplication.
However, it’s important to understand that COVID-19 falls into the “virus” classification of infectious diseases. With this in mind, the antimicrobial coatings used are not proven to prevent it from spreading. These coatings, like others in the industry, use silver ions as an active ingredient. Silver ions are proven to be effective on inhibiting growth of bacteria, mold and mildew. However, they are not proven to kill these things or to be effective against viruses. Allegion makes no representations or guarantees, express or implied, as to the effectiveness of the antimicrobial coating in protecting against coronavirus.
Please contact your local Allegion Representative or our Technical Service Team if you have any follow-up questions. Thank you for making Allegion your continued partner of choice. We are here for you and your business.
For more information about antimicrobial coatings, download Allegion’s antimicrobial solutions brochure.