Guide to Colour Coded Cleaning

Colour coding is considered a good practice when cleaning commercial premises, especially given the importance of infection control.

What is colour coded cleaning?

colour-coded cleaning is simply a method of cleaning which utilises different colours to identify which equipment and products can be used in a particular area. Proven to be a highly effective way to reduce the spread of germs and increase the standard of hygiene. There are four main colours are used in the colour cleaning system: red, blue, green and yellow.

  • Red for bathrooms,
  • Blue for general low-risk area
  • Yellow for clinical areas 
  • Green for food and beverage areas.

Yellow is occasionally also used for bathrooms so that that different material is used for taps and toilet cleaning.

Why is colour coded cleaning useful?

Using a single mop to clean every floor in a premises, can spread bacteria from the washrooms and toilets to kitchen and food preparation areas. This carries with it an inherent risk of cross-contamination and consequently, illness. Applying a colour-coded system to segregate sensitive areas from one another is the most efficient and effective way of reducing the risk of cross-contamination.

What colour coded items should you have?

So what items are colour coded to help you keep your business as hygienic as possible? The list is extensive, but here are the top four categories that we think every business should have as a priority:

With these four items, you should be able to ensure the hygiene of your premises is up to a high standard. Cleaning buckets should also be considered for a thorough and strict colour coded environment.