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Color Coded Cleaning

Color Coded Cleaning System


The Color Coded Cleaning System combines superior cleaning technology with the productivity and sanitation benefits of visual coding. For the first time, their ergonomic cleaning products are available with color-coded enhancements that help your employees easily organize both their equipment and their workday. The results are improved performance, better sanitation and cleaner facilities.


Improves Training and Communication

Color Coding is an intuitive visual coding system, reducing language and literacy barriers when training a diverse workforce in proper cleaning processes. Color-coding also provides supervisors with quick visual indicators for monitoring employee activity to prevent tool or chemical misuse.

Prevents Cross-Contamination

Distinct color-coding makes it easy to separate tools into their correct areas of use or cleaning task. Restroom tools are kept in the restroom, kitchen tools are kept in the kitchen – reducing bacteria cross-contamination between high and low-risk areas. Proper use creates a healthier, more sanitary environment that benefits employees, occupants and visitors.

Enhances Building Safety

Color-coding reduces the risk of accidents arising from the misuse of tools or chemicals in the wrong area. For instance, by preventing the use of greasy kitchen mops on entryway floors, or worse yet, using a restroom mop to clean common areas.

Deters Chemical Misuse

CleaningSmartColor reduces the transfer of harmful substances by isolating potentially hazardous cleaning chemicals into their appropriate areas. For example, mopping solutions can be coded for a specific floor to avoid the use of caustic chemicals that may permanently damage the surface.

Simplifies Supply Management

By keeping cleaning tools in their proper areas, SmartColor allows custodial departments to keep better track of their equipment and supplies. Productivity increases when employees no longer have to search for misplaced tools or proper cleaning equipment.

Preserves Facility Assets

SmartColor protects valuable assets by reducing the risk of using improper chemicals or applications on floors and other surfaces. Floor-finishing supplies can be color-coded to eliminate confusion with floor-stripping supplies to preserve the appearance of high-priced specialty flooring.

Elevates Employee Performance

SmartColor enhances the professional appearance of employees and increases their efficiency by making it easy to organize the cleaning process. Ergonomic tool design also reduces fatigue and injury to boost productivity.


Definitions And A Little History

Color-coding, as it applies to the professional cleaning industry, can be defined as the principle of using color to designate certain cleaning tools or procedures to specific tasks or areas. In most situations where it is incorporated, a few colors are selected, with each color denoting either a particular duty, such as cleaning toilets and urinals, or a specific area, such as restrooms.

Example of Color Coding Applications:

  • Red: For cleaning and disinfecting toilets, urinals and high-risk or hazardous restroom areas
  • Yellow: For cleaning showers, mirrors and other low-risk restroom areas
  • Green: Foodservice, for cleaning areas where food is handled and stored
  • Blue: For all other areas and surface types, but never in areas where red, yellow or green tools are mandated. In the United States, blue is often used to clean glass and for general cleaning in restrooms.

    *Every facility is unique. Customize the floor plan and color use to your facility requirements. 



Use in areas of the restroom that have higher bacteria concentrations and specialized cleaning solutions, where sanitation is a priority. Particularly toilets and urinals. 




Use in areas that come into contact with food, including kitchens, cafeterias and employee break rooms. Or, use a separate color for food preparation areas for an added degree of safety.





Use for sinks and general restroom cleaning, to prevent cross contamination from toilet and urinal areas. May also be used for specialty cleaning activities such as gymnasiums, laboratories and floor-care projects.




Use for general cleaning in offices, hallways and reception areas. Or, task a set of tools for specialized areas of your building, such as hotel rooms, classrooms, manufacturing areas or medical facilities.

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