How to Implement a Colour Coded Cleaning System

How to Implement a Colour Coded Cleaning System

To avoid cross-contamination on site it is crucial to colour-code your equipment and clean by zone/area.  This provides a safer and more hygienic environment for staff, workers and visitors as well as meeting HACCP standards.  Utilising this system also makes training new cleaners easier as the corresponding colour will always be assigned to a particular area or surface.


Red – High-risk toilets and sanitary areas. 

Blue – General areas such as offices, lobbies, and public areas

Green – General food and bar areas including commercial food processing and kitchens

Yellow – For areas of infection or possible contamination including bathrooms/washrooms


Most janitorial tools are available in different colours for this purpose, making it simple to buy, use and store the gear you need.  Equipment available for colour co-ordination and segregation includes cloths, mops, buckets and bottle triggers.