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Colour Coding, Our Guide

guide to colour coding

Colour coding cleaning in our industry is the process of allocating specific colours. 4 Colours for Certain cleaning tasks and cleaning equipment in different areas of a workplace or area. This helps to reduce the spread of germs across areas and assists in hygiene throughout a business or home.

Using a single mop to clean every floor in a toilet, for example, can spread bacteria into other areas. At least if you keep a single mop head in the washroom, and contamination occurs, unwanted germs won’t spread.

Kitchen and food preparation areas should also have a designated colour. Applying a colour coded system to segregate sensitive areas from one-another is perfect. The most efficient and effective way of reducing the risk of cross contamination is to use colour coding.

Developed by the BICSc is a universal colour code chart which is recommended for use within the cleaning industry.

Colour Coding, The 4 Colours

Red – Sanitary Appliances & Washroom Floors

Red has been assigned to areas such as urinals, toilets and washroom floors. This is because these areas are universally regarded to have a high-risk of bacterial contamination. By using only red-coded cleaning products such as Red All purpose cloths, Red Mop Heads, buckets and gloves to clean them, the risk of spreading bacteria outside of these areas is minimised.

Yellow – Clinical & Healthcare

Yellow is assigned to clinical and sensive environments however yellow is often used outside of the care industry as a colour assigned to the cleaning of all other washroom surfaces, including sinks, mirrors, cubicles, tiled walls, glass and metal. Having two different colour codes for wash rooms ensures that the same cleaning products are not used on toilet seats and urinals as on sinks and taps, and helps to further contain the spread of infection. We have Yellow All purpose cloths for this specific task.

Green – General Food and Bar Use

Green has been assigned to food and drink preparation areas, including kitchens and bar areas. Food preparation areas pose a high risk of cross-contamination particularly from uncooked meat and fish, therefore it’s crucial to regulate the use of cleaning products in these areas.

Blue – General Lower Risk Areas (Excluding Food Areas)

Blue has been coded for low-risk areas, such as offices and hallways, and also for general dusting and polishing. As there is usually a lower degree of bacterial contamination in these areas compared to washrooms and food preparation areas, blue coded cleaning products can be used across a broader range of surfaces. The ideal cloth for General lower risk areas would be our Blue All Purpose Cloth in a box for easy transport.

To conclude, we know many nof you do it your way, and thats fine. All’s we ask is that if you do clean multiple areas of your business or home, you don’t mix up the colours.
Big Thanks to Ramon Hygiene for the above Colour Coded references.


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