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I’m going to train a healthcare facility on a new microfiber cleaning program. Is there an industry standard for colors of microfiber cleaning cloths in hospitals that I should recommend?


Golden Star offers a wide variety of color options because our goal is to accommodate facilities in whatever color coding system they have trained their employees on. If they’re starting out fresh, an industry standard color-coding system could include:  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. However, some building service contractors and cleaning professionals devise their own color combinations to meet their specific needs.

We have seen a very wide variety of color coding systems used. What we have also seen is it’s easier from a training standpoint to just provide the different colors being used than it is to retrain an entire cleaning staff on a new system. There is not a right or wrong answer in terms of the specific colors being used but there does need to be a system in place.

The example above is an option and you could also create other good systems with different colors used. The one consistent theme we do see is that the top four colors in healthcare are Blue, Green, Red and Yellow.