“Cross contamination” is a potential result of cleaning that has produced many debates; this isn’t one of them…exactly.

With growing awareness by consumers of the various invisible bio-hazards (you know, germs and bacteria) in their homes, more and more often, cleaning companies are expected to have procedures in place to prevent

  1. spreading germs from one room to another within a home
  2. spreading germs from one home to another

Organizing your cloths along a color code is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to implement a strong cross contamination prevention system. In fact, an international standard is developing where

  • orange = wet work
  • blue = dry work
  • green = polishing and finishing work

Certainly, cloths come in a variety of other colors – white, red, pink, purple, even black – and colors can even be assigned to specific tasks or products; in fact, particularly for commercial cleaning, you’ll find a larger list as “wet” and “dry” work are further broken down based on high and low risk areas.

Keep in mind that when it comes to developing and implementing a successful procedure, make sure you’re not making it more complicated than it needs to be.