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Commercial colour coded cleaning is a simple and effective hygiene approach that more and more companies are using. In colour coded cleaning, every work area has its own colour-coded commercial cleaning equipment which isn’t supposed to be used in other areas of a facility. The aim of commercial colour coded cleaning is to avoid cross-contamination between different work areas.


What do the different colours mean?

A system of colour codes was developed every major work area has a designated colour code. The 5 colour codes are red, yellow, blue, green and white.

  • Code Red – red is for toilets and bathrooms
  • Code Yellow – yellow is for infectious areas e.g. hospitals or medical centres
  • Code Blue – blue is for general areas and general cleaning
  • Code Green – green is for kitchen and food prep
  • Code White – white is for operating theatres

A good starting point for commercial colour coded cleaning is the mop and bucket: use a red-coloured mop and bucket to clean the toilets; and a yellow-coloured mop and bucket to clean the kitchen. It’s very important not to swap the mop and buckets around.

What are the benefits of commercial colour coded cleaning?

Commercial colour coded cleaning, which is also beneficial in industrial cleaning scenarios, has many practical benefits.

  • Inexpensive – colour-coded commercial cleaning products cost about the same as “standard” cleaning products without colours
  • Improved employee health, safety and productivity – less chance of cross-contamination leading to staff illness and absence.
  • Lower likelihood of patrons or customers falling ill – due to cross-contamination bacteria.