Opening doors touch-free

Open, close and lock toilet doors without touching them

Traditional doorknobs in washrooms are frequently touched. The moment visitors come in with unwashed hands, but also when they leave the washroom again with clean, dry hands. And by people who touch the door handles with wet, dirty hands, because after the toilet visit they did not wash them properly or did not wash them at. This way pathogens can remain behind, creating a possible source of infection. The installation of sensor-controlled doors significantly reduces the number of hand contact points and helps to create a more hygienic washroom environment.

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Touch-free doors

The most recent Dutch National Toilet Survey shows that door handles are dirty in almost 10% of cases. This way washroom users that wash and dry their hands properly can still become infected. Touch-free doors ensure that your employees leave the washroom with clean hands, which improves hygiene throughout the building.

Sensor-controlled doors

In general, toilet visitors pass two doors: the entrance door to the washroom and the door to the toilet cubicle. Because both doors are touched by many different people, a significant part of which has dirty hands, it pays off to install touchless doors. These significantly reduce the risk of infection.

Often these doors work with an opening sensor: washroom visitors do not have to touch anything to operate the door. An example of such a sensor is the dormakaba Magic Switch, with an adjustable detection field of 100 to 500 mm.

High hygiene requirements

Doors with these opening sensors can be found mainly in environments where extremely high hygiene requirements have long been set, such as hospitals, hotels and the pharmaceutical industry. The outbreak of the coronavirus has increased the requirements in other types of environments, such as offices. The touch-free doors are increasingly being installed in those locations.

To lock the second door – to the toilet cubicle – touch-free applications are available. With a hand movement, again without touching a single surface, the door is locked or unlocked from the inside. If the door is locked, it is indicated by a light indicator. This way, hygiene and privacy go hand in hand.


In most cases, it’s easy to upgrade an existing revolving door to a touch-free revolving door. The first step is to remove the mechanical door pushers. The safety and touch-free sensors are then installed. Finally, the revolving door machines are installed and the new touch-free application is ready for use.

For more information about these touch-free door solution visit the Dormakaba website or get in touch..


It is not always possible to provide all doors with touch-free opening mechanisms. In these cases, it is wise to look for alternatives that reduce the number of hand contact points. This can be done, for example, by opening doors with the foot or the elbow.

Elbow openers can be installed on existing door handles and are in many cases the most cost effective solution. The Belgian University of Applied Sciences Vives has designed a universal hand-free elbow opener specifically to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The door opener was developed for healthcare institutions, but is now also available to a wider audience.

The use of foot openers also significantly reduces the risk of infection. There are several variants on the market, including those of Artitec and the StepNpull® The Foot Handle.

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