What are the colour codes for cleaning?

What is colour coded cleaning and why is it important?

  • 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.

Which color code is used for cleaning rooms?

The industry standard color-coding system includes red for high-risk areas such as toilets and urinals; yellow for low-risk restroom areas including sinks and mirrors; blue for all-purpose cleaning (dusting, window cleaning, wiping desks, etc.) in other areas of a facility; and green for food-service areas.

What is colour coding in housekeeping?

The basic thinking behind Colour Coded cleaning is; you use colours to segregate the different types of areas you have to clean, Washrooms, Kitchens and General Areas and you then have colour coded cleaning equipment that only gets used in one area type.

In what area would you use red colour coded cleaning equipment?

Red is a colour that is universally associated with hazards. This red colour code has been assigned to areas such as urinals, toilets and washroom floors. The reason for this is that these areas are regarded as posing a high-risk of bacterial contamination, particularly in hospitals.

Why is colour coding important in cleaning?

Colour coding specific areas ensures that cleaning staff always use the right techniques and products for the place they are working on. It also prevents cross contamination. In simple terms, the last thing you want is the same cloth that has been used for cleaning a bathroom area then being used on a kitchen surface.

What is a clean colour?

A clean color is a color that has very little or no black or gray added to it. It “reads”, or our eyes and brains pick it up, as looking clear or pure or bright. Now let’s define a dirty color… A dirty color is a clean color that has been dulled down by adding gray or black.

Why is Colour coding important in cleaning?

Which Colour is used for Colour coding cleaning materials for isolation areas?

The colour-coding scheme is:

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

In what type of environment would you use this colour cleaning equipment?


  • Public areas – such as lobbies, receptions and hallways.
  • Washroom and toilets – this can include shower rooms and bathrooms.
  • Restaurant and bar – including dining areas and cafe lounge spaces.

Where would you use yellow colour coded cleaning equipment?

Colour-coded cleaning equipment is available in blue, green, red and yellow for use in designated areas. This helps prevent cross contamination and maintain high standards of hygiene. We recommend blue for general use, green for kitchens, red for toilets and yellow for elsewhere in bathrooms.

What is the purpose of colour coding?

Color coding’s main purpose is to separate and organize. This is especially important in the food industry where cross-contamination, allergen cross-contact, and cleaning chemical strength are all concerns. Using the closest brush at hand is a recipe for disaster—and a costly recall.

Why is it important to use colour coding for cleaning products?

Colour coding helps reduce the risk of cross contamination, improves hygiene and reduces the risk of bacteria transfer between work areas. Mops, buckets, handles, brooms, brushes, cloths, wipes, etc. can all be colour coded for the work place.

What kind of cleaning products are red coded?

By using only red-coded cleaning products such as cloths, mops, buckets and gloves to clean them, the risk of spreading bacteria outside of these areas is minimised.

Which is the correct colour for cleaning equipment?

Hello Joanne, a laundry room would usually fall in the category of ‘general lower risk areas (excluding food areas)’ and therefore blue colour coded cleaning equipment would normally be used. Since doing the BIC’s course where it was blue to clean shower basins, I have been advised that the colour should really be red. Is this correct.

Why are there different colour codes for washrooms?

Two different colour codes for high risk areas such as washrooms ensures that the same cleaning products are not used, for example, on toilet seats and bowls as on sinks and taps so helping to further prevent the spread of infection. The colour green has been assigned to food and drink preparation areas.