As people look for more ways to avoid germs, Nostalgic Warehouse aims to promote an age-old solution: brass doorknobs and hardware.

According to the company, copper and copper alloys were recently registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the first solid, antimicrobial material. Brass and bronze, officials say, pose a natural ability to kill certain viruses on contact—including Influenza and human coronavirus. According to company information, “A virus can survive just minutes on a copper or brass surface, compared to weeks on a stainless steel one.”

All of the company’s hardware is forged from solid brass and it offers an unlacquered finish that is said to “unleash the intrinsic protections.” Unlacquered hardware still needs to be gently cleaned on a regular basis and may be polished, or allowed to gracefully age with color.

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