Antimicrobial Doors and Hardware

Houston – Starr Company is proud to announce we are offering a clean, safe, long lasting and inexpensive way to protect your doors and hardware from harmful, unsanitary bacteria, mildew, mold, and fungus. In our shop we add a special silver based agent called Agion and apply it to your doors and hardware. In the case of metal doors, we can add the product to any color paint. We apply a clear coat to door hardware, such as locks, exit devices, closets, push / pull plates, kick plates and hospital latches. We can also apply a clear coat to wood and plastic laminate doors. Our Agion additive is safe and has been approved by the EPA. Doors and door hardware are the first object you touch entering a room and the last object you touch leaving a room. When it is important to have a sanitary and clean environment, hygienic doors are the first line of defense. To help maintain a safe environment, an effective new technology based on ancient principals offers an inexpensive and long lasting solution. The protective coating contains silver, which is harmless to people and animals, yet instantly and aggressively works to neutralize mold, mildew and fungus.

Antimicrobial Doors in Health Care

According to the CDC, each year 2,000,000 acquire infections while in the hospital. Doors are primary access points to your building and to patient and operating rooms. They face constant contact with bacteria. Our antimicrobial coating has been proven highly effective in reducing bacteria. Our microbe resistant coating suppresses a broad variety of bacteria, mold, fungi, mildew and micro organisms. Our bacteria resistant coatings are safe and nontoxic, inexpensive, long lasting and durable. Our coating can be applied to metal doors and frames, wood doors and door hardware. Antimicrobial door hardware and doors are also useful in nursing homes, dialysis clinics, burn centers, HIV hospice and cancer centers. In short, they help ensure a cleaner, safer environment for your health care facility.

Hygienic Silver in History

Thousands of years ago the ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians learned that silver coated containers were a healthier and safer way to preserve food. Later, in the eighth century A. D, the Chinese learned of the protective properties as well. Nearly one thousand years ago the Catholic Church mandated that all communion chalices be made of silver. Today silver is widely used in the health care industry. At birth, silver nitrate eye drops are given to babies to sterilize and protect their eyes. Catheters are coated with clean safe silver. The technology is now being used to protect sheets, shoes, air ducts and children’s toys. In short, it helps provide a safe, healthy, inexpensive, long-lasting barrier against hostile microscope organisms.

How it Works

Our Agion is a coating which we apply to the surface of your doors, frames and hardware. Silver protects the surface from harmful bacteria, mold, mildew and fungus. Once the microbes are exposed to the treated opening, silver ions imbedded in the protected coating go to work. A chemical reaction begins with friendly silver ions disrupting the harmful bacteria’s ability to respriate, metabolize and reproduce. The hostile microbes population is sharply reduced in minutes and hours. Soon the toxic surface becomes hygienic. The friendly silver ions are safe for humans and even infants. Small scratches in the coating do not stop the silver from effectively protecting your doors and door knobs. Since the ions are dispersed evenly throughout the paint, they are long lasting and will last as long as the coating on the doors. Under normal conditions, the doors are protected for many years.

Houston – Starr Company is proud to offer a cleaner and more sanitary door solution. We have met the qualifications and have laboratory tested our products. Our coatings use Agion, a product manufactured by Sciessant Corporation. They produce the agent we can add to our painted and clear coated products. Agion products have been proven to work for over many years. We join a long distinguished list of companies that have used Agion. A partial list of some recognizable names includes

  • Addidas
  • AssAbloy
  • BASF
  • Carrier
  • Columbia
  • Dell
  • Delta Plumbling
  • Everpure
  • Dorma
  • Dupont
  • Elkay
  • Honeywell
  • Johns Manville
  • Land’s End
  • Motorola
  • Office Depot
  • Oster
  • Papermate
  • PPG
  • Remington
  • Sargent
  • Sarguard
  • Sherwin Williams
  • The North Face
  • Woolrich

Agion now protects a wide variety of products including: duct work, clothes, bed linen, medical devices, bandages, plumbing equipment, computers, paints, office equipment, and food processing equipment.