How Do I Use The Stepnpull®?


We open so many doors in a normal day, the motion is automatic. The only difficulty we may have is knowing whether to push or pull a door open, or if the door is too “heavy.”

Of course, most people’s experience is using their hand to open doors. More and more, people don’t want to touch a public door handle with their hands, especially toilet exit doors. So that habit has been altered for many. Some even grab the door handle with a paper towel. If paper towels are not available, a shirt sleeve may be used.

The automatic motion of opening a door with hands is also disrupted when a person is carrying items and can’t easily grab the door handle.

In short, many people have altered their automatic motion of opening a door from time to time. So, it would be easy for people to adjust to opening a door with a StepNpull® foot-operated door opener. In fact, after a couple of tries, they’ll prefer the StepNpull® to using their hands. The choice always remains hand or foot to open the door you are not taking away a choice by adding StepNpull® you are providing a choice not to grab germ infested handles

Here are the simple steps to using this one-of-a-kind hands-free door opener.

1. Each StepNpull you buy comes with a decal/sticker that is affixed to the top of the door handle. This lets the user know that a foot-operated door opener is available before they touch the door handle with their hand.

2. As they approach the door, they position their body no differently than if they were going to use the door handle.

3. The user places their foot on the top of the StepNpull®. If they would use their left hand to pull the door handle, they will use their left foot on the StepNpull®. If it’s more natural to use their right hand on the handle, they will use their right foot.

4. The user presses down on the StepNpull® just enough to gain traction. This will require a minimal amount of foot pressure.

5. Once they have traction, they simply pull their foot and leg back as though they were taking a step. Step and pull. It’s that simple!

If the door is adjusted to the correct ADA standards, the user will gain enough momentum will to swing the door open easily.

People are accustomed to opening a door with their hands so the first couple of times may feel a bit awkward, but users in your facilities will adapt quickly and use the StepNpull® every time.

StepNpull in the Dragon’s Den

dragons denEntering the Dragon’s Den is a hard experience for a business, but when the product you believe in and have dedicated a huge amount of time and effort fails to be taken up by the dragons you feel even more under pressure.

That’s what happened to Mick Janaway an entrepreneur from Essex who took the big decision of facing the Dragons with his innovative product StepNpull® The Foot Handle.

Having previously suffered a life threatening illness from catching an infection in a small cut on his right thumb, Strep A was diagnosed and there followed four operations to save his life and his arm.  A short time later while taking a recuperative holiday with his family in America Mick discovered StepNpull®

What Mick found was a simple device which bolts on to the bottom of a door allowing a person to step on to it and pull the door open with their foot, aptly named StepNpull® The Foot Handle, and by avoiding hand contact with the door handle there was no chance of picking up a nasty germ in a public place.

dragons den demonstrationMick was determined to bring StepNpull® to the UK knowing that it was a fantastic opportunity for hospitals, restaurants, offices and schools; many of whom spend millions of pounds on hand hygiene and infection prevention .

From his own near death experience Mick knew that this simple product could even save lives, we hear in the news all the time bugs and super-bugs are becoming more and more resistant to drugs and these bugs can live on the door handle for days and even weeks, lying in wait for someone to pick them up on their hands.

Knowing there was no better opportunity to market a brand new product Mick decided to ‘Enter the Dragon’ and face Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and the rest of the team.  The pitch went well and none of the dragons had any issues with the product, Duncan Bannatyne asked how far you go with this type of thing and he thought that they were expensive but he would like them fitted for free in all of his gyms!

At £49.99 for a product that will last the lifetime of a door and provide 100% germ free protection every day; Mick still believes this is a small price to pay in the fight against infection

stepnpull on dragons denAs it turned out none of the dragons invested but Mick did not leave the Den feeling a blow had been struck and is still carrying on his crusade to revolutionise the way we open public doors, he believes that before long you will be disappointed if you have been to the toilet, washed your hands and you realise you will have to pull the door open with your clean hand as there is no handle for your foot.

Appearing on Dragon’s Den was tough but like Mick says it’s tough when you nearly lose your life to an invisible infection so when the going gets tough the tough get going and StepNpull ® is a simple product that can deal with a tough task.

Hospital Management March 2014

We are happy to be featured in Hospital Management Magazine March 2014 edition, view our article on page 23 of the Hospital Management Magazine.The article is titled ‘Who wants to touch a germ riddled toilet door handle’ and indeed who does?

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