Why do I need colour-coded wipes?

Why do I need colour-coded wipes?

In the fast-paced world of hospitality, restaurants, cafes, and other HoReCa businesses, maintaining impeccable hygiene and preventing cross-contamination is non-negotiable. One crucial tool in achieving this is the use of colour-coded wipes. If you’ve ever wondered why colour-coded wipes are so essential in this industry, you’re in the right place. Let’s dive in and discover why they’re a must-have for any HoReCa business. 

The Importance of colour-coding

Imagine this scenario: You’re in the heart of a bustling kitchen, culinary artists are at work. Amidst this orchestrated chaos, a critical task looms – maintaining impeccable hygiene. In the past, similar coloured textile wipes were the workhorse for cleaning all surfaces, from cutting boards to countertops and even hands. However, pause for a moment and ponder – with these uniform wipes, can you be certain that you’re not unwittingly transferring harmful bacteria from one surface to another? This is precisely where colour-coded wipes step in.

Health and safety regulations aren’t mere suggestions; they are the lifeblood of the food preparation industry. A single oversight can have catastrophic consequences, leading to foodborne illnesses and tarnishing the hard-earned reputation of a HoReCa business. In a high-pressure environment where every second counts, the significance of preventing cross-contamination cannot be overstated. 

Colour-coded wipes are more than just a convenience; they’re a lifeline in a world where the line between safe and risky is often razor-thin. By assigning specific colours to different cleaning tasks, colour-coded wipes offer a clear visual cue. This simple yet ingenious system empowers staff to swiftly identify the right wipe for the job, significantly reducing the risk of cross-contamination and fortifying a HoReCa business’ commitment to food preparation safety.

Meeting HORECA Industry Hygiene Standards

In the HORECA industry, using colour-coded wipes is a crucial strategy for upholding hygiene and preventing cross-contamination. Although not legally mandated, colour-coding cleaning wipes according to accepted conventions is standard practice.

Traditionally, colour-coded cloths come in 4 main categories corresponding to distinct areas prone to cross-contamination risks:

BLUE – For general lower-risk areas

RED – For bathrooms, toilets, showers, basins

GREEN – For catering departments, food service, and food areas

YELLOW – For isolation areas/contaminated surfaces

Following this colour code system ensures cleaning equipment designated for restrooms or contaminated areas does not migrate to food areas, which could spread dangerous pathogens.

While adopting colour-coded wipes is voluntary, adhering to these industry norms demonstrates a commitment to safety. It enables staff to visually identify and select the proper wipes for each cleaning task. This prevents accidental cross-contamination through mix-ups.

Here’s a breakdown of our products that come with colour-coding:

JCL10 – Compostable wipe which is fully certified compostable and colour-coded. With an open-weave structure for superior pick-up of food, dirt, and debris, this innovative wipe offers high versatility for diverse cleaning needs. Available in four colour-coded options, Chicopee® J-Cloth® Compostable wipes enable creating segregated cleaning solutions. Both the wipe and outer packaging are certified compostable per DIN EN 13432 200-12 standards.

APW – All-Purpose Cloths suitable for various industries, including Janitorial, Catering, and Foodservice. Their unique material ensures effective dirt pick up, excellent absorbency, and compatibility with different cleaning agents.  They are also designed with colour coding to meet HACCP hygiene standards and prevent cross-contamination.

EDW – Everyday Cloths ideal for all cleaning needs, suitable for various industries and tasks, from food pickup to surface polishing. Compatible with a whole host of cleaning agents, they promote longer-lasting surface hygiene, whether rolled or folded.

BAW – Bulky Apertured Wipes quickly clear workstations and effectively handle various critical cleaning tasks. They are washable and reusable up to 15 times, and our eco-friendly packaging has reduced plastic waste by 2/3.

HWT – Heavyweight Cloths are ultra-strong, tear-resistant, and exceptionally absorbent, making them perfect for handling heavy-duty tasks like food, spillages, and dirt. 

All these products come in four colour-coded options to prevent cross-contamination and meet HACCP hygiene standards.

Compliance with Health and Safety Standards

As we’ve already mentioned in the HoReCa sector, adhering to health and safety standards is non-negotiable. Colour-coded wipes not only help your team follow best practices but also demonstrate your commitment to food preparation safety compliance to inspectors and customers alike.

When it comes to food preparation safety, precision and consistency are the cornerstones of success. A proactive approach not only safeguards the health of your patrons but also safeguards your business against potential liabilities and reputational damage.

Health safety standards extend beyond the kitchen to encompass the entire spectrum of hospitality operations. Colour-coded wipes play an instrumental role in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of guest accommodations, public spaces, and toilet facilities. By employing these wipes consistently, you not only create a pristine and inviting atmosphere but also safeguard the well-being of both employees and guests.

In addition to their practical benefits, colour-coded wipes also communicate a powerful message to both regulatory inspectors and discerning customers. Their presence signifies a dedicated commitment to upholding the highest standards of hygiene and safety. This commitment can prove invaluable during inspections and audits, where meticulous compliance is essential, and can enhance your establishment’s reputation, drawing health-conscious customers who seek assurance that their well-being is a top priority.

Improved cleaning efficiency and productivity 

In the world of HoReCa, it’s not just about providing exceptional service; it’s also about maintaining an impeccable environment behind the scenes. This is where the efficiency and productivity gains from colour-coded wipes become evident. In such a bustling environment as a restaurant kitchen, time is the most precious resource. Colour-coded wipes play a pivotal role in ensuring that not a second is wasted.

The beauty of colour-coded wipes lies in their simplicity. By assigning specific colours to different cleaning tasks, they offer an intuitive and quick visual reference. Your staff can swiftly identify the right wipe for the job at hand, whether it’s sanitising food preparation surfaces or cleaning dining areas. This eliminates the need for time-consuming checks and double-checks, reducing the margin for error. With colour-coded wipes, your team can efficiently tackle their cleaning duties, ensuring that the right wipe is used in the right place, at the right time. Every pound saved and every minute gained make a significant impact. 

What’s more, the streamlined cleaning processes facilitated by colour-coded translate into tangible cost savings. Reduced cleaning time means your staff can allocate their efforts elsewhere, improving overall productivity. Additionally, fewer mistakes due to using the wrong wipes mean fewer resources spent rectifying errors. When you add it all up, the adoption of colour-coded wipes becomes a smart investment that not only safeguards your business but also bolsters its efficiency and profitability.

So there you have it, our full rundown of the many benefits of using colour-coded wipes. If you would like to learn more about our range of colour-coded wipes and cleaning products, get in touch with us today to order a free sample.