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The Importance of Hands-Free Door Operation

Humans have had interactions with doors, handles, and knobs for several centuries. Ever since the door was invented to help bring privacy, structure, and intimacy into human life, there have been various inventions, methods, and techniques to open and close these doors. Almost every, if not all, methods used in-door operation and functioning throughout history involve hands. Whether a person is turning a doorknob, pulling on a lever, or pushing the door for entry, human hands are capable of completing the task.

In recent history, however, a pandemic of uncertainty has plagued the entire world. The spur of COVID-19 throughout the world came quickly and abruptly and seemed to make the world stop in its tracks. COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that acts similarly to the flu. It has infected many people and has also proved to be a deadly foe against humanity. While the transmission of COVID-19 generally comes from direct contact with an infected person, unsanitary surfaces can assist in the spread and continued presence of the disease.

One of the most commonly touched surfaces, especially in public, are door fixtures. While many businesses and public spaces are taking extra precautions to ensure sanitation of these surfaces, the consistent and emerging infection rates in the United States prove that this is not enough.

As an alternative to repeat and thorough sanitation of door surfaces and handles, many businesses and organizations have opted to install hands-free door operation techniques to ensure customer satisfaction and safety. Read on to learn more about the importance of these implementations and how you can enact these methods into your current state of operation.

Hands-Free Door Methods

When it comes to doors opening with hands-free operation, there are many routes to success. The first method (and one of the most widely used) in this industry is the automatic door. Automatic doors come in many forms, including sliding glass and revolving doors. Users simply walk up to the sensor and the door opens for them, closing after a set time. Automatic doors have seen the most use in hotels, malls, and casinos, but occasionally find themselves in the midst of large-scale restaurants and big-box stores. While this is a great implementation and idea for consumers and employees alike, it is often not feasible for smaller businesses to implement. Automatic doors are a huge investment and if they don’t have much foot traffic each day, they are not worth the expense.

Another type of hands-free door method that is gaining popularity, especially since the outbreak of COVID-19, is the hands-free foot opener. This device looks like a door stopper and is installed on the bottom edge of the door. It sticks out slightly and has an area for guests to place their foot on the device and move their leg to pull the door opener. It is fairly simple and can be installed on almost any door.

The foot opener device has seen a ton of use in restaurants and other public spaces, especially in the bathrooms of these buildings. Guests can ensure their handwashing did not go to waste by grabbing the door handle, and they can instead use their shoes to pull the door open.


Increase Safety of Entrances

Safe entry and exit of public spaces is an essential aspect to not only fighting COVID-19, but also maintaining general public safety from numerous contaminants that we face on a regular basis. For some people, grabbing the door handle after using the bathroom is a nightmare. Think about all of the people who might have touched the door handle without even giving the courtesy of washing their hands. On top of that, doors that do not automatically open, or require the need for someone to stop and open the door with their hands, assist in the spread of infection. In busy areas, people might become backed up and unable to quickly get into the building, which can also increase the concentration of contaminants in a single area.

Reduce the Need for Constant Sanitation

While it is important to sanitize all surfaces of a business on a frequent basis, many businesses are seeing a spike on their sanitation charges. This is because instead of cleaning the area once or twice a day, employees are cleaning surfaces full-time, neglecting the main roles of their own job descriptions. With the implementation of hands-free door operating mechanisms, employees can go back to their frequent (but not constant) cleaning regiments.

Help Combat Various Diseases and Infections

While COVID-19 is a hot topic and a scary debate for most of the world this year, there are numerous other illnesses and infections that can occur from the surface of a door handle. While it is easy to say that everyone respects personal and general hygiene, we must realize that is not true and some people could honestly care less. When it comes to heavily trafficked areas, contaminants love to perch on the most commonly used surfaces — awaiting their next host. By eliminating the door handle surface from the diseases’ arsenals, they must find another place to invade in order to attack humans.

Convenient Entry With First Impressions

At First Impressions, we believe that the first impression is what helps gain retention and continued business. If you have a dirty, inconvenient, or difficult door at your business or property, the chances are that you’re losing business simply because individuals do not want to enter the area. This is obviously no reason to give up, and with the implementation of a hands-free entry system for your overall building or the bathrooms and common spaces within the area, you will be rewarded with peace of mind, increased foot traffic, and general cleanliness throughout. If you have more questions or would like to get started today, please don’t hesitate to contact First Impressions International today. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to lead you to a path of grace and prosperity in the middle of all the hardships.