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Graffiti Removal Tips to Know


1. The History of Graffiti Removal. 2. The Graffiti Removal Industry. 3. The Procedure for Graffiti Removal. 4. Tools used for Graffiti Removal. 5. Positive Effects of Graffiti Removal. 6. Challenges that Graffiti Removal Companies Face. 7. Graffiti Removal and Management. 8. The Main Reasons to Remove Graffiti. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Graffiti Removal Tips to Know

Graffiti Removal Tips to Know
  • Because graffiti is more than just a cosmetic

  1. The History of Graffiti Removal
  2. The Graffiti Removal Industry
  3. The Procedure for Graffiti Removal
  4. Tools used for Graffiti Removal
  5. Positive Effects of Graffiti Removal
  6. Challenges that Graffiti Removal Companies Face
  7. Graffiti Removal and Management
  8. The Main Reasons to Remove Graffiti

The History of Graffiti Removal
  • Brushing and Scrubbing
  • Graffiti will be removed by scrubbing the surface
    with a tough brush. Additionally, this method was
    used on curved surfaces. Hence, they required
    tough tools to clear off the graffiti on the
  • Paint
  • Painting on top of the graffiti is the simplest
    way that people can use. Moreover, it is the
    cheapest of the methods.
  • Chemical Method
  • This is the most resent method of clearing
    graffiti from surfaces. It is a chemical
    compound that dissolves and removes the graffiti.
    With this in mind, it is recommended to have more
    information about the surface to prevent
  • Washing
  • Although most of the graffiti will be resistant
    to water, others are water colors that can be
    washed away.

The Graffiti Removal Industry
  • Initially the removal business was either dealt
    with by the authorities or the owner of the
    vandalized area. But after more graffiti
    appeared, often in large areas, people formed
    teams to start removing them as well as getting
    paid for it. It provided a business opportunity
    to people, especially in larger cities. These
    removal people are now a call away and their
    response is fast.
  • Moreover, the industry associated with removing
    graffiti has also come up with innovative new
    ways to work. More efficient tools have been
    introduced for better removal of graffiti.
    Additionally, better ways of preventing graffiti
    are being implemented. For instance, people are
    applying a coat on the surface of walls that
    prevents graffiti from sticking. This industry
    has also helped educate the young people on the
    issues concerning graffiti.
  • In general graffiti vandalism has declined in
    major cities which means the removal business is
    good. Furthermore the professional graffiti
    removers have increased their services. They now
    offer removal services at home, school and any
    other place that has been vandalized. In addition
    they implement ways of preventing graffiti on
    surfaces such as walls, windows and metal
    surfaces. For the above reason the industry has
    grown and brought a change in the appearance of a

The Procedure for Graffiti Removal
  • Repainting
  • If you decide to repaint it on your own, you
    should first get the right color for the surface.
    I would recommend a color that is same as the
    background surface. Also remember to use a
    product that is paint resistant.
  • Chemical Method
  • When considering the kind of material that is
    best you should consider
  • Rough or soft texture
  • Metal or glass
  • Weathered material
  • Washing and Brushing Method
  • This may be the cheapest method but it can also
    be cumbersome if the graffiti is big. Before
    washing you should find out if the paint is water
    resistant. If not, proceed to wash and use the
    brush to remove the tough areas. When washing
    with water use a detergent that has no corrosive
    property to the surface.

Tools used for Graffiti Removal
  • Safety tools
  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Cotton wool
  • Boiler suit
  • Gloves
  • Working tools
  • These are the tools that you will need to use to
    remove the graffiti. The kind of graffiti will
    determine the kind of tool to use.
  • Paint tools
  • Brushes, rollers and containers for holding the
    paint. Moreover, you should get the right color
    for painting.
  • Solvents and cleaner tools
  • These solvents are chemical compounds that when
    sprayed on the graffiti it loses its stickiness.
  • Special tools
  • They include mechanical tools like the scrubber
    and wire brush which are commonly used.

Positive Effects of Graffiti Removal
  • More Customers for your Business
  • Once the graffiti are removed, the area looks
    much friendly. For instance, a shopping centre
    that was once with graffiti infested will have a
    different face after they are removed.
    Conclusively the way people perceive graffiti is
    different and it is related to crime and
    violence. Therefore the business will have a
    positive response to a place thus resulting to
    business improvement.
  • Reduced Crime Rate
  • Graffiti is not only associated to crime but also
    to gang violence. Therefore, when graffiti is
    removed, in the area the rates of crime reduce.
    The more graffiti that is put up, the faster it
    should be removed. This can help the repeat cases
    thus eliminating the cause.
  • Strong Structures
  • Another positive effect of removing graffiti is
    that it maintains a strong structure. This is
    done by removing all the graffiti while doing it
    on time. As a matter of fact, the longer graffiti
    takes on the wall the further the paint
    penetrates. Hence the earlier you remove it, the
  • Long Term Removal Expenses
  • Finally, graffiti removal exercises prevent you
    from paying a more expensive removal cost in the
    future. In fact, the longer the graffiti stays on
    the surface the harder and expensive it becomes
    to remove. Additionally, it reduces the value of
    the structure. Therefore graffiti removal helps
    you avoid long term costs.

Challenges that Graffiti Removal Companies Face
  • Cumulative Effect
  • This is where a single graffiti piece is
    duplicated in a region. Additionally, the
    graffiti incident can be duplicated for a long
    time. This is costly, especially to the removal
  • Violent Gangs
  • Secondly, some graffiti which is associated with
    gangs and violence is hard to remove. This is
    because of threats from the gang members. For
    instance, a cleaner may be threatened by a gang
    for removing their symbol in the street.
    Therefore, this may pose as a challenge to remove
    graffiti in those areas that are controlled by
  • Location of the Graffiti
  • Mostly these perpetrators put graffiti in tough
    areas that are hard to reach. Furthermore, they
    also target public areas which may be challenging
    to remove due to distraction and inconvenience.
  • The Medium Used
  • Lastly, the material or compound used for the
    graffiti can be a challenge to the remover.
    Despite being ready with the tools the graffiti
    removal companies face this challenge constantly.
    This is because of ever changing innovations and
    new forms of graffiti.

Graffiti Removal and Management
  • Reporting Vandalism
  • The authority and graffiti removers greatly
    depend on reports of vandalism. Also, you are
    advised to call the authorities once you see a
    person breaking the law in which graffiti is
  • Reactive Strategy
  • These strategies entirely depend on the reports
    of vandalism. As a result, the company or the
    government waits for calls from the community to
    inform them about graffiti. Awareness is being
    campaigned on graffiti vandalism. Hence people
    that persist and use their voice usually help the
    removal to be done on time. Surprisingly there
    are areas where people do not report the cases
    and graffiti ends up all over the street.
  • Proactive Strategy
  • These methods highly depend on the availability
    of resources. Additionally it requires a team to
    scout around and identify the graffiti and the
    culprits. Consequently it is one of the best
    strategies in the management of graffiti.
  • Predictive Strategy
  • Finally we have the predictive strategy, which
    uses the available database of the city. This
    method also requires an authority that has
    resources at its disposal. In addition this
    method can best help allocate resources to area
    that graffiti appears frequently.

The Main Reasons to Remove Graffiti
  • A clean neighbourhood
  • Graffiti removal is associated with positive
    attributes and perceptions of the area
  • Crime rate reduces
  • Improves businesses - for example removing the
    graffiti on the shopping centers attracts more
  • Graffiti has been associated with crime. Once
    seen on the street, it creates a mental image of
    a dangerous place.
  • Graffiti is burned in some cities once found.
    Additionally, the same authorities that
    constitute the law also facilitates the removal
  • Apart from being a crime to paint on some
    surfaces without consent, graffiti defaces the
    surface. For instance, a design loses its
    original look once graffiti has been put on the
    wall. For that reason, the graffiti is removed
  • Removing of graffiti is largely considered a
    routine in cleaning the street. In addition,
    cleaning off graffiti can be done so as to put up
    another form of art. Most of this cleaning is
    done in areas that are left only for graffiti.

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