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Graffiti Removal Equipment

Although some graffiti can be admired (take Banksy for example) or encouraged as a piece of street art, for many local authorities, businesses and private landowners it’s an eyesore. Most graffiti is applied using spray paints or permanent marker pens which are usually solvent or petroleum based and the method of removal depends upon the surface to which it has been applied as well as the medium of the graffiti to be removed.

Graffiti removal can be an expensive business, costing Network Rail an estimated £5million per year to remove.

Grafitti on walls

How to remove graffiti

Most graffiti takes more than soap and water to remove it and you’re likely to need a removal agent containing chemicals such as turpentine, white spirit, naptha, alcohol (non drinkable) in various forms, acetone or methylene chloride. There are some less hazardous options e.g. a citrus based graffiti removal agent, but in most cases you’re likely to use a chemical based graffiti cleaner.

Care should be taken in product selection as, for example, a solvent could remove not only the graffiti but also the underlying surface finish and in extreme examples could melt certain plastic finishes.

Graffiti cleaning equipment available

Using appropriate cleaning equipment is key here, particularly for larger areas and where you need to ensure that the cleaning solvent is removed thoroughly and safely.

A hot water pressure washer can be used for graffiti cleaning – ideally one with controllable output as too high a pressure can be harmful to some surfaces and could spread the chemicals into other areas. In fact, if you’re able to act quickly enough, a hot water pressure washer can be effective in removing graffiti without chemicals.

Steam cleaning machines are also effective at removing graffiti whilst leaving surfaces and surrounding areas dry. Some steam cleaners also have built-in vacuums to remove and debris and will often work without needing chemicals. If you do need to use detergent, machines like the Edge Steam Tec Graffiti can control the chemical application for you as well.

Preventing grafitti

Once you have a graffiti-free surface, it’s worth thinking about how you can prevent it from happening again. There are some anti-graffiti coatings available which either prevent paint from adhering to the surface, or will allow the paint to sit on top, then you can remove the coating and the paint together.
See more information here (external link).

Hiring equipment to remove graffiti

For occasional requirements, it makes sense to hire cleaning equipment for just as long as you need it. For example, a trailer mounted pressure washer will enable you to cover a wide area and can be hired for short or longer periods.
We also have a range of dry steam cleaners available on our
cleaning equipment hire list.

Not sure what’s best for your cleaning problem? Give us a call and we’ll give you our honest advice.