Blog posts of '2014' 'April'

The Latest Door Handle Invention Sanitises Hands and Prevents Infection

doctor - sanatised door handles for hospitalsAt Handsome Handles, we specialise in providing door handles, door knobs and door knockers for homes in Sheffield, Rotherham, and throughout the UK. But a recent news story about hospital door handles caught our eye this week!

According to several reports published in the last few days, a new type of door handle has been designed for use in hospitals that sanitises hands with a touch.

Encouraging People to Clean their Hands When Using Door Handles

As suppliers of door handles and door knockers for mainly domestic purposes, this isn’t something we have much experience in, but it certainly seems like a good idea. The door handle is called PullClean and has been developed by the British studio Agency of Design for Altitude Medical. The simple column can apparently be fitted onto any pull door and consists of a blue paddle at the bottom which dispenses a small quantity of hand sanitiser when it is pushed. The designers think that by using this simple method, sanitisation will increase in hospitals because it will become a habit for people to clean their hands every time they open a door.

You may have seen plenty of hand sanitisers dotted around hospital corridors, but sadly, their existence doesn’t mean that people actually use them. It’s easy to walk past them in a hurry and simply forget to clean your hands. That’s why this new door handle is thought to be so effective; you really can’t miss it as you move through the door. By putting the hand sanitiser on the door handle in the line of motion, it is thought to be much harder to miss, therefore increasing the rate of sanitation significantly.

Sanitising Door Handles and Smart Software

According to the designers, the refillable door handles also come with sensors that are built in to track the number of times the dispenser has been used. This sensor then links to a web application that makes administrators aware of how often they are being used in relation to how often the doors are being opened.

Although they are obviously very different from the door handles and door knobs available in our product range, we still think that this is a really great idea to prevent the spread of infections and diseases in hospitals. Anything that can contribute to hospitals being safe places where people can recover is undoubtedly a good thing. For more information about our range of door handles, door knobs and door knockers, call us on 07961 832812.

Transform Your Home with Beautiful Internal Door Handles and Door Knobs

Amazon contemporary lever on rose door handleIf you are looking for an affordable way to update the interior of your home, there are many things that you can do to give your home a bit of a lift without spending a fortune. You may be inclined to give your living room or kitchen a coat of paint in a brighter colour for example, or maybe you would like to update key pieces of furniture with something new.

A great way to transform the interior of your home without having to spend a fortune is to remove your existing door handles or door knobs and replace them with something new. Finding door handles that look good and function well at the same time can require a fair amount of browsing, but with a little time and effort, you will be able to find the door handles that will suit your home.

Choosing the Material and Finish for Your Door Knobs

Glass faceted door knobDoor knobs come in all different shapes, sizes and materials, and knowing where to start can be daunting. There are many different materials to choose from, for example, brass, chrome, wood or iron. Before you make a decision you need to consider the look that you are going for in your home, and whether or not your door knobs and door handles compliment your colour scheme and the type of property you live in.

If you own a period home and plan to keep your decor as traditional as possible, you may wish to choose door handles or door knobs that are in keeping with the style of your house. For example, brass or porcelain door knobs were especially popular in the Victorian period, whereas Edwardian homes typically features wooden door handles.

If your home is more modern, however, you may choose a more contemporary style of door handle, perhaps in polished chrome or satin chrome. A modern home may be suited to door handles of muted colours in silver or chrome, with clean lines and a contemporary shape to compliment the decoration and interior of the property.

Sheffield Interior Door Handle Supplier

If you are looking to spruce up your home without spending a fortune on decorating and new furniture, new door handles or door knobs are a fantastic and affordable way to do so. Here at Handsome Handles, we have an extensive selection of internal door handles and door knobs and are sure to have a style that will suit your home, whatever look you are hoping to achieve.