Kwikset Becomes First Residential Lock Manufacturer to Offer Microban Antimicrobial Protection

Kwikset with Microban hardware protection is effective in reducing the growth of bacteria.

Jan 20, 2016, 12:00 ET from Kwikset

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Kwikset®, the #1 selling US lock brand, and Microban®, the global leader in built-in antimicrobial protection, have teamed up to improve the standard for door hardware. Kwikset will now offer antimicrobial protection on select products, inhibiting the growth of bacteria on frequently touched door surfaces in the home.

Kwikset door hardware specifically engineered with the antimicrobial finish will provide a lifetime of safe and effective product protection. Microban works continuously to keep the door handle cleaner, fighting against bacteria that can double in number every 20 minutes. The new finish will also feature enhanced hardware durability to help reduce homeowners' worries over the useful life of the product.

"We're constantly evaluating how to deliver the best quality experience with our locks," says Michelle Gangi, Senior Product Manager, Kwikset. "At no extra cost Kwikset hardware with Microban Technology provides homeowners with a lifetime peace of mind and security."

Benefits of Kwikset Door Hardware with Microban Technology

  • Proactive Protection: Bacteria can double every 20 minutes on an unprotected surface.Microban "silver-glass" technology is incorporated during manufacturing process and permanently binds the silver ions to the coating. Treated hardware reduces bacterial growth quickly creating a cleaner product. Homeowners that install Kwikset hardware with Microban antimicrobial protection are proactively protecting a frequently touched door surface, which helps to reduce the number of microbes in your home.
  • Enhanced Durability: Kwikset is committed to providing homeowners durable hardware that meets or exceeds industry standards. Kwikset products that feature Microban Technology meet BHMA standards and extend the lifetime of the product.

Select Kwikset Signature Series products will be the first to feature the new antimicrobial finish, starting in Spring 2016. For additional information about the partnership between Kwikset and Microban, please visit http://kwiksetpresskit.com.

About Kwikset
Kwikset is the leading residential lock manufacturer, making homeowners feel safe since 1946. Kwikset works hard to understand the world you live in, so that we can do everything we can to protect it. The company's unwavering commitment to meeting homeowners' needs has inspired its innovative lock portfolio that includes patented SmartKey deadbolts, keyless entry combination locks, connected home technology, first-to-market smart lock, Kevo and a wide variety of styles and finishes. Our interior and exterior door products provide customers with the quality, technology, durability and style they want while guaranteeing the highest level of security. Headquartered in Orange County, Calif., Kwikset is part of the Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPB). Kwikset products are sold online and through retailers and distributors throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia. Visit us at http://kwikset.com and http://kwiksetpresskit.com.

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