Graffiti decreases property values, reduces aesthetic appeal, and can make a negative impact on business. Unfortunately, graffiti and vandalism can happen to both homes and businesses, but there are ways to remove it and make your property beautiful again.
Remove Graffiti Yourself
Your chances of successfully removing graffiti are highest within 24-48 hours. Don’t wait to remove it, as the longer it remains on the surface, the more difficult it becomes to remove. It’s best to use graffiti removers and a pressure washer, but there are many different ways to remove unwanted spray paint depending on the affected surface:
- Metal and sealed wood surfaces: Paint thinners, WD-40, and acetone can be used to wipe away the paint. If needed, use an abrasive substance such as steel wool to scrape the graffiti.
- Plastic surfaces: Avoid paint thinners, as they can degrade the plastic. Instead, try an industrial penetrating oil and rub the surface with steel or bronze wool.
- Concrete, brick, or stone surfaces: A pressure washer may be useful in removing the graffiti from concrete or stone, but be careful not to etch the surface. Sand-blasting is another option.
When attempting to remove graffiti from unsealed wood surfaces, be careful not to drive the paint further into the wood with a pressure washer or paint thinner.
While the best way to prevent graffiti is to install barriers and deterrents, there are sealants available that can make it easier to remove graffiti. These types of sealants create a barrier between paint and the surface, which when cleaned will also take the graffiti off with them. Just be sure to remember to reapply the sealant after graffiti is removed.
Professional Graffiti Removal in Baltimore, MD
No one wants to see graffiti all over their home or business, let alone remove it. ServiceMaster of Baltimore can remove graffiti to restore your property using advanced techniques and professional service. If you’re the victim of graffiti, call our 24/7 service line at 866-780-1700.