The SafeHandles Story

From a dream to reality…

SafeHandles™ was created to provide a passive, non-invasive, replaceable, and affordable handle covers that maintains cleanliness and durability. These custom-fit heat shrink sleeves and adhesive tapes create a durable film in high traffic and common-use areas to provide a cleaner handle.SafeHandles™ film incorporates an EPA-registered pesticide to inhibit the growth of certain microbes that may affect the product. The silver technology in SafeHandles film works continuously to protect the product from damaging bacteria and fungi to ensure the product is clean and durable. 

SafeHandles are the ideal way to supplement your standard hygiene procedures. SafeHandles™ has designed an installation steamer that was created to give the user a consistent, clean and fast installation. The Steamer has been designed with the end user in mind. The steamer has an easy-grip handle, 4foot hose and a 16foot cord. It is also available in 100v, 120v and 200v plug. Please see our products page for additional information on this product.

For a complete hygiene program, SafeHandles can be used together with PURE Hard Surface, an EPA-registered sanitizing solution. Our society has placed an extremely high importance on the need for personal hand hygiene. Improper Hand Hygiene accounts for approximately 78% of commonly transmitted diseases, including MRSA. We all see headlines cautioning against the spread of the Human Coronavirus, Norovirus, Salmonella and other debilitating diseases; many a result of deficient hand sanitation and poor personal hygiene. PURE Hard Surface is safe for use on most hard non-porous surfaces and provides fast acting efficacy against a broad-spectrum of bacteria, fungus, and viruses.

Our Core Team

Steven M. Strombeck


Steve Strombeck, the Founder and CEO of SafeHandles™, is changing the world one doorknob at a time. A problem-solver with a passion for helping people, Steve has built his eight-year-old company with an eye for excellence and integrity. With the goal of creating self-cleaning facilities, he has led his creative and talented team in developing a superior product that does just that.

Before Steve began developing revolutionary cleaning products, he began developing real estate. When his father passed away suddenly at the age of forty-three, Steve’s life pivoted. A high-school football player with hopes of attending college, Steve knew he needed to help his mom and three siblings. At seventeen, using his birthday money and savings, Steve made his first real estate purchase: a four-plex rental unit. That was just the beginning. With the help of a family friend, he purchased his second unit six months later.

While launching his business, Steve attended Humboldt University and graduated from Sacramento State with a B.A. in Business Management. His personal faith, his love for his family, and his drive to help others launched his career in real estate development. For the past thirty-five years, Steve has led two thriving companies, Strombeck Properties and Strombeck Construction.

Steve’s passion for helping others has led him to partner others that do the same. He is the current Chairman of the Board for Redwood Teen Challenge and is a founding director of Redwood Capital Bank.  He partners with multiple non-profits around the world, including Bulembu Ministries and Abide Well, raising young people and building homes in Swaziland, as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, investing in the lives of young people.

As Steve’s businesses and charitable pursuits have flourished, so has his greatest passion: his family. Steve and his wife, Tina, reside in Eureka, California, and enjoy spending time with their four children and seven grandchildren.

John Bergenske

Product Manager

John Bergenske, Product Director at SafeHandles™, has a keen interest in consumer products and product development. Creating meaningful products anchored in value and accuracy is his passion. These core values partnered with John’s strong work ethic continues to yield transformative products, including SafeHandles™ self-cleaning sleeves and adhesives. As a leader, John believes in establishing a communal vision and strategic plan while working alongside his team to achieve success. John’s team player strategy was shaped coming up in the trades and construction: Supporting everyone in pursuit of their common goal led to success.

John further honed his focus and persistent attitude as a Category 2 road cyclist and cross-country runner for Humboldt State University. Graduating with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, John joined Yakima, which became part of WaterMark, a multi-brand outdoor sports company. Over the next decade, John worked his way up from project manager to their Director of Product Development. John and his team developed over a hundred products. These creative products ranged from industry-leading automobile racks to self-inflating life jacket technologies with a water-sensory device, that are still used in the bass pro industry today.

John’s business management journey continued as he partnered in co-ownership with LACO Associates Consulting Design and Engineering. John earned his Executive MBA with the Aji Network and built out his business portfolio in real estate development. While at LACO, John met Steve Strombeck, a real estate development client with a big idea: SafeHandles™ self-cleaning doorknob covers. This idea struck a chord with John. Within ten days, he had pulled a team together to begin exploring the possibility of turning this idea into reality.

In 2012, John’s focus shifted fully to SafeHandles™, the perfect synthesis of his love for consumer product development and producing value for communities. He continues to serve as a Director on LACO Associates Board of Directors, as well as a Director on Eel River Brewing Company’s Board of Directors, the first certified organic brewing company in the United States. John is an avid supporter of North Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters. He helped launch Arcata Citizens for Responsible Housing in pursuit of responsible housing development in his hometown of Arcata and served on the Arcata Transportation and Safety Committee.

The only thing that John enjoys more than developing game-changing cleaning products is spending time with his wife of over 20 years, Liz, and their 14-year-old son Charles. They travel the Western U.S. and Canada in their 22-foot-long Sprinter van accompanied by their chocolate lab/shepherd mix pup, Kay.




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