Graffiti is a crime, and it can be highly damaging to your business. Left alone, graffiti can ruin the visual aspect of a building, impairment of property values and cause customers to go elsewhere. Luckily, almost any surface can damaged with graffiti – brick, stone, concrete, aluminum or vinyl siding, paving materials, wood and glass are illustrations. Surfaces can be even-textured or odd-textured, painted or exposed. Most graffiti is applied with spraying paint. Nevertheless, vandals also use markers, stickers, shoe polish, lipstick and engraving products. The longer graffiti remains on a surface, the harder it is to remove so quick action is critical.
First Step in Graffiti Removal
The first step in graffiti removal to identify the type of surface that has been vandalized. Then you can choose the correct method for removing the graffiti. It is important to know that some products will cause damage to certain substrates, so be sure to always read product labels and follow all manufacturer instructions and recommendations. Most of the products identified above are flammable – use caution and follow safety directions when using these products. Always use proper safety clothing and equipment including gloves, safety glasses, etc. It recommended that a small test area done prior to a full application of any product.
Here are your instructions for cleaning etched graffiti, which caused when someone scratches through a surface’s paint to expose the raw material underneath.
If you’re dealing with etched graffiti, here are the steps you need to take for graffiti removal and restoration:
- Identify the material you’re dealing with. Is it glass, metal, plastic?
- Use a mild detergent or cleaner that is safe for the material you’re working with, along with a non-abrasive rag or brush to remove any dirt or dust from the area.
- If there is a build-up of residue from old graffiti in the area, use a commercial solvent that intended for removing this kind of residue.
- If the graffiti is new and still wet, use an ice pack to freeze it and then scrape off as much of it as possible without spreading it further. Once you’ve done this, follow the same steps above for cleaning etched graffiti—starting with step 2.
- Check again to make sure all of the residue has removed prior to painting over it or refinishing the surface as needed. You may have to repeat these steps several times before all traces of graffiti gone from your surfaces.
Applying an Etch Remover
Etched graffiti is the result of acid being splashed or poured onto a surface, leaving behind permanent damage. Etching considered a type of vandalism and is not as easily removed as paint; however, there are several different options for removal. If the graffiti etched into glass, you can remove it by applying. An etch remover to the affected area and rubbing the etch away with a cloth. If the graffiti etched into concrete, you can sandblast it off using a pressure washer or sandblaster. You can also try covering up the graffiti with fresh paint or use sealant over the affected area.
Cleaning and Restoring
The same principles can applied while cleaning and restoring carved or etched graffiti as applied to paint graffiti. The difficulty with removing these types of graffiti is that they often deeply etched into a wall. This can make cleaning very stimulating. In some cases, it may even be safer to leave the graffiti in place rather than try to clean it off the wall. It should also noted that removal of any non-conforming mural or artwork from a building is illegal unless specifically approved by the property owner.
Plan for Removing
Our process simple: We will come to your property, assess the surface. That has vandalized, and put together a plan for removing the graffiti. Then we’ll remove the graffiti using a high-pressure washer. Which means that most traces of the graffiti will gone after our first visit. If there’s any remaining evidence of vandalism, we’ll schedule a follow-up visit to complete the job.
We licensed, insured, and bonded, so you can rest assured that all of our work. Will completed legally and with quality assurance. If you’ve got a problem with graffiti in your business place or home community contact us today for a free quote!