Benefits of colour coded cleaning products

Colour coding cleaning is the process of assigning colours to almost all cleaning products and their areas of use within a site. Apart from area allocation and if allowed by the governmental guidelines you have the option to give the colours other meanings, as you decide.

As no internationally recognised standards exist and colours can change between sectors, the key is that all staff understand the policy used in your site.

Implementing colour coding simplifies training, provides supervisor/client oversight, bridges language barriers and is proven to reduce cross contamination. Examples include:

NHS hospital cleaning in the UK:


NHS hospital cleaning in the UK:

  • Blue: general areas including wards, departments, offices and basins in public areas
  • Red: bathrooms, washroom, showers, toilets, basins and bathroom floors
  • Green: catering departments, ward kitchen areas and patient food service at ward areas
  • Yellow: isolation areas, ICUs etc

Within a hotel, the colours could be:


Within a hotel, the colours could be:

  • Blue: Low risk areas such as lobbies, receptions, hallways and bedrooms (excluding food areas)
  • Red: Toilets, urinals, shower rooms and bathrooms
  • Yellow: Disinfection applications
  • Green: General food and bar use, including dining areas and cafe lounge spaces

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