Installation and Care Instructions

Installing Push Pads

In most cases, installing push pads is as simple as "peel and stick". Since doors and push plates come in all sizes and materials, you'll simply want to make sure the push pad covers the area where people most frequently touch the door. It's ok to have the push pad overlap (be larger than) the push plate on a door. In fact this works out better in most cases. Try not to have the edge of the NanoTouch pad come right to the edge of the door or push plate. This can cause premature peeling as hands catch on that edge.

Installing Handle Wraps

handle-wrap-illustrationHandle wraps work best on uniform, tubular door handles. Make sure the handle wrap height is slightly less than the straight part of the handle. It should fit comfortably between the top and bottom curves. Another tip for lengthening the life of the handle wrap is to make sure it is wrapped in the correct direction. When looking at the handle from the top, you should apply the wrap in a direction toward the door hinges. Counter clockwise for doors with hinges on the left, clockwise for doors with hinges on the right. This prevents the edge from unwrapping as the door handle rotates in a person's hand. As an added precaution, the handle wrap can be applied so that the finishing edge is located at the front of the handle where there is the least hand contact.

Installing Push Bars and Other Touch Points

NanoTouch Skins do not need cover every inch of a surface. Most push bars and handles are only touched in very specific areas. Try to apply NanoTouch Skins to uniform surfaces. Complex handles and surfaces with multiple curves can make it difficult to get a smooth application that will be long lasting. However, NanoTouch products are very pliable so wrinkles and bubbles can be easily smoothed out, or simply peel back the area that is not smooth and try again. And the material is very tough, so there's no need to be gentle...a little pulling and stretching to get a smooth application is OK.

Cleaning

While we classify NanoSeptic products as self-cleaning surfaces that are super hydrophilic, there will be times when you'll want to wipe off any accumulated dirt or residue left from heavy traffic. Simply use soap and water or normal facility cleaning products. Just don't use any abrasive cleansers and materials like Comet, Brillo pads, or scrubbing sponges. Use of abrasives can wear off the nanotechnology surface. While our surfaces are self-cleaning at a microscopic level, they can still become soiled and even stained if exposed to things like coffee or wine.

Avoid Hot and Moist Applications

We've had great success in areas as humid as indoor pools, but there's a point where heat and humidity create a problem for the Skin's adhesive. Showers, saunas and other very hot, humid or wet conditions make it difficult for the Skin's to reliably stick to surfaces for an extended amount of time. These conditions can also cause some adhesive residue to be left on the surface when the Skin is removed. Not to worry, cleanup is simple with soap and water or normal surface cleaners. Our recommendation is to test your specific application.

When Should I Replace a Surface

If a skin is starting to peel up and will not remain adhered to the surface or if the surface of the skin is visibly worn. After a certain amount of wear and tear with high traffic touch points or a certain amount of routine cleaning, you will notice the printing begin to fade. This is a good time to replace the touchpoint. Depending on what the surface is exposed to, it may get stained or soiled over time and should be replaced just to improve the appearance of your facility.

How to Replace a Surface

A NanoTouch skin is simple to peel off. It's very tough and will not tear into pieces, so removal is very easy. In some cases, there may be adhesive residue. Simply wipe this residue off with normal surface cleaners before applying the replacement Skin.