Have you ever tried color coding rags? It will be a game changer! Let’s get those rags organized for you.

The coronavirus has us all doing some weird things but color coding; this can be a normal practice for many who use wiping rags in the line of duty. It’s not a bad idea to take this same concept into your own home as well.

We will focus on some common colors you will see with microfiber wiping cloths. The standard colors are red, green, blue and yellow. House cleaners typically go blue for dusting, red for the bathroom, green for the kitchen and yellow for the floor. Color coding wiping cloths decrease risk for cross contamination. Nobody wants to use a bathroom rag on their kitchen counter.

Color coding helps prevent cross contamination, and professional cleaners should take careful steps in order to prevent cross contamination. For the commercial use industry standard color-coding system includes red for high-risk areas. Red stands out and also referred to as a safety color.

It’s an easy to remember fool proof system to have in place to avoid cross-contamination.

Other Great Tips for Color Coding Rags

  • Store the rags that are clean in a clean spot, possibly covered.
  • Have a designated place for dirty cloths.
  • You should use at least three colors of microfiber cleaning cloths – some cleaning crews will use 5 or 6 different colors.

Here is a great example; The British Institute of Cleaning Science uses the following for to keep rags organized:


Use this color on sanitary appliances, restroom floors, toilets, and urinals. Also use red-coded mops on restroom floors.


This color is appropriate for other restroom surfaces, including sinks, towel dispensers, hand dryers, soap dispensers, door handles, walls, etc.


Use green microfiber for general food and bar cleanup. Use green cloths and mops in non-preparatory food areas such as lunchrooms. An important note: Food prep areas have their own standards through the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.


Reserve this color for general low-risk areas, including common areas, offices, classrooms, etc.

Try coding your rags at home. It’s an easy to remember fool proof system to have in place to avoid cross-contamination.