If a building or surface becomes defaced with graffiti, the first step most people take is to get rid of the graffiti on their own. Here are three do-it-yourself graffiti removal tips.
Public buildings and even residential homes can often become the targets of graffiti “artists,” people who prefer to leave a mark on a surface and have no issue with the fact they don’t own the surface, and the owners may not wish to see such destruction done to the building they own or the city takes care of with taxpayer money.
Some options can be used to handle this issue.
Not all are effective in every scenario, and sometimes the result is hiring a specialist to make sure the job is handled satisfactorily.
However, below are three common approaches for the average person to clean graffiti, say the experts at cleanlink.com.
Work From the Outside In
For any graffiti on surfaces outside, it is essential to start with the outermost edges and work inward.
This method decreases the chance of a spot of spray paint spreading to an area you just cleaned, making it necessary to do the job twice in some locations.
Baking Soda Based Products or Gels, Depending on the Surface
For masonry, brick, and concrete, usually, a baking soda-based product will help remove various materials used for graffiti.
Meanwhile, if you happen to be dealing with graffiti on a window, a graffiti removing gel may be necessary.
For all of these surfaces, it is wise to avoid cleaning materials that are too abrasive, as they can damage the surface and leave marks that look as bad as the graffiti currently defacing the surface – and they may look worse. The Conversation has a great article on this.
Try Pressure Washing
Chalk is a material that is easily removed using pressure washing.
Other products used to create graffiti may come off when under the high pressure of that volume of water.
It is a good idea to choose an effective way to get the graffiti off the surface at hand, and Graffiti Removal needs to involve whatever method is most effective to see the desired results.
Pressure washing is at the very least a good starting point.
From there, you can choose different products or approaches to see if you can get more of the graffiti off of the concrete, brick, or other surfaces.
When dealing with graffiti, there are a couple of rookie mistakes that people make.
One is only to treat the area where the graffiti is.
That leaves uneven surfaces and typically shows up on the surface once the paint or other markings are gone.
Instead, treat large areas of the wall.
That way, once the graffiti is gone, you have a more challenging time discerning where the graffiti was.
If the graffiti is redone, new efforts will have to be made to clean the area.
Repainting that area of the wall – or more likely the entire wall – may be an option to consider as well.
It is all about what is most effective and least expensive to complete the task quickly.