Colour Coded Cloths


Colour coded cloths assist organisations in preventing the spread of germs. They use different coloured cloths to identify a specific job or area. This system prevents germs on cloths spreading from one area, or one job, to another.  Green for kitchen areas, Red for bathroom areas, Blue for general areas, and Yellow for special areas or tasks.

What is Colour Coding of Cloths?

Colour coding designates certain coloured cloths to certain areas to reduce the spread of germs. The 5 colour codes are Green, Red, Blue, Yellow and White.

Red: High risk germ areas like toilets and bathrooms
Blue: Low risk germ areas, like general cleaning of desks, offices, bars, tables
Green: Food areas, like kitchen, food preparation and food service areas
Yellow: Special tasks or infectious and isolation areas
White: Operating theatres and clinical areas in hospitals

Why is Colour Coding of Cleaning Cloths important?

Colour-coding cleaning cloths is an effective way to prevent cross contamination of germs across areas thereby improving the hygience of a facility. By using coloured cloths, staff get a clear indication of the type of tasks and areas that the cloth is restricted to, reducing the risk of it been used for an incompatible task or in an incompatible area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get a colour coding cleaning wall chart ?

You can download a colour coding cleaning guide here to assist in training and reminding staff of which colour cloths get used where.

Which colour cloths are used to clean bathrooms, washrooms and toilets?

Because of the high germ concentration in bathrooms, washrooms, toilets and urinals, red cloths are the highly visable designated colour cloths allocated to cleaning these high risk areas.


TIDDOX supplies colour coded cloths into healthcare, aged care and childcare. Also the hospitality industry uses color coded cloths all the time. For example, restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars and catering businesses.



Why? Because a colour coding cloth system helps prevent germ spread from one surface to another. For instance, staff can easily see red cloths. And, by using a red colour for the cloth, this reduces the chance of germs spreading from one area to another area. In fact, done consistently, the system helps ensure a hygienic environment for staff, patients or customers.



Firstly, there are the health benefits of maintaining a hygienic area and avoiding unnecessary illness. Cleaning cloths pick up germs and if used in incompatible areas those germs can spread and cause illness. For example, allocate red cloths to cleaning high risk areas, such as toilets and washrooms. Because a red cloth would quickly be spotted if it ended up being used in kitchens and food preparation areas. Similarly, allocate green cloths for all food areas. This will assist in unneccesary food poisoning from germs spreading from the toilets to the kitchens.


Secondly, the cost savings. Germs can contaminate surfaces and areas causing costly staff illness, shut downs, or loss of customers and reputation because of food poisoning.


Finally, the colour coded cleaning guide promotes effective cleaning and hygiene practices. And, its simple to train staff about the colour coded guidelines and reinforce them with colour coded charts.



Whether its wash up cloths or surfaces wipes, we make them colour coded. From microfibre cloths to wipes on a roll, all available in different colours.
Our most popular colour coded washup cloths are the MAXI WIPES. Available in Green, Red , Blue and Yellow. These soft viscose sponge cloths have a high viscose rating for superior absorbency. In fact, these super absorbent cloths soak up many times their own weight. Because of their high absorbency and low cost per use, aged care, child care and hospitality love them. And, they have a spongy soft texture to them. Furthermore, you can reuse them after a disinfectant wash, and rinse. Yes, wring them out, rinse, launder and reuse. 
In addition, TIDDOX also has a larger version of the MAXI WIPES , called the SUPERMAX. Given its thickness and size, these suit floor spills. Hence, its used in hospitals and aged care homes to soak up floor spills. For a health and safety perspective, its helpful to keep these handy orange emergency pads close.
Even our surface wipes are colour coded. For example, our colour coded HEAVY DUTY ROLLS. Not only extra thick, but extra absorbent too! And, available in Green, Red , Blue and Yellow. For premium made colour coded wipes that outperform, try these thick, absorbent and long lasting wipes. Because they’re treated with an antibacterial agent, this slows the growth of bacteria. Besides, restaurants don’t have time to use anything but absorbent heavy duty commercial grade wipes. Hence, commercial kitchens, as well as childcare and aged-care facilities use them. Also, its easy to tear off the wipes from the rolls. So, try these multipurpose quality colour coded cloths for those scrubbing and cleaning tasks. In addition, they dry surfaces and cutlery quickly. Washable and reusable. So, start today with a colour coded system by placing a roll of each colour in each area of your facility.
Besides the above heavy duty colour coded cloths, restaurants and commercial kitchens also use CLASSIC GREEN ROLLS. Why? Because they contain 125 sheets instead of the regular 90 sheets on a roll.
TIDDOX also supplies packs of colour coded cleaning cloths. These PREMIUM XL WIPES measure 60 cm x 60 cm. And so they are able to blanket an area and soak up spills and leaks before they spread.
Similarly, our PREMIUM MICROFIBRE CLOTHS are loved by hospitality and healthcare workers. So to start a colour coded workplace system, divvy up the Green, Red , Blue and Yellow colour-coded cloths between areas. Also, as you can rinse and reuse these cloths, the cost per wipe reduces. Hence, these two features make the green cloths popular with commercial kitchens. Also, waiter and bar tenders keep the blue cloths handy. And janitorial staff use the red cloths.
Besides the premium cloths, we also have GENERAL PURPOSE MICROFIBRE CLEANING CLOTHS. Not as lint free, but still very absorbent. As a general purpose cloth, car washes use them a lot. Also, found in restaurants and nursing homes looking for a lower cost option. Similarly, schools and childcare centres like the value they offer.
Another colour coded cloth option is the MICROFIBRE LENS CLOTHS. In fact, they’re great for lint-free cleaning. For example, aviation windshields, and delicate glass surface cleaning. These premium quality microfibre colour coded cloths are used in labs, medical facilities and cleanrooms.
The above illustrates our various colour coded wipes. Please contact us to discuss your requirements by email or calling 1300 84 33 69. Also, follow us on Facebook for regular updates on color coded cloths applications.
Presented below we have outlined the generally accepted colour coding system for areas and tasks.

Colour coding ensures that cloths are not used in incompatible areas or for conflicting tasks. This reduces the risk of cross-infection resulting in a more hygienic workplace.

Colour Coded Cleaning Cloths

Colour Coding Cleaning Cloths


  • Green – Kitchen Areas:  Food preparation and food service areas, as well as bar areas.
  • Blue – General Cleaning: Low risk cleaning (such as dusting, glass, mirrors, windows).
  • Red/Pink – Bathroom Areas: High germ areas (such as restrooms, floors, toilets, urinals).
  • Yellow – Low Risk Areas/Special Tasks: Low risk applications or special tasks.