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Graffiti Removal Tips: How to Remove Graffiti From Concrete & Other Surfaces

Seeing graffiti on a train car is something you saw as a kid when you were stuck at a railroad crossing… but seeing it on the side of your commercial property, driveway, or in a company parking lot is an entirely different story.

The pretty “Artwork” is one thing when you’re viewing it from afar, but when you have to deal with graffiti removal on personal property, it isn’t so pretty.

While rare, removing graffiti from any type of surface is exceptionally challenging and time-consuming. Luckily, you’re on the right page because we will teach you how the team here at Bright Exterior Cleaning tackles graffiti removal head-on so you don’t have to worry about it!

Recent Graffiti Removal Project:

1. First we assessed the graffiti (nice artwork, just kidding!) and we pick the right solution for the surface/process. Brick wall graffiti removal means knowing the right process:

graffiti brick wall removal

2. We apply a treatment solution to help us remove the graffiti before power washing the surface. Too much power washing can cause damage to the surface, in the case of this brick wall.

removing graffiti power washing

3. Like that, it is like graffiti never existed!

graffiti removal

Graffiti Removal From Buildings & Sidewalks

What some might call art is nothing but vandalism if you happen to be the victim of a graffiti attack. City buildings, business sidewalks, churches, you name it – are all susceptible to graffiti which leads to your natural question of “How do I remove graffiti from my building or sidewalk?”

Recently, we were called to a pedestrian tunnel to assess some damage in an upscale area in Northern VA where there was some graffiti. The process we will detail below is how we went about removing the graffiti from the concrete surface and what this type of service consists of!

Step 1: Start with the surface type

Concrete and brick happen to be the most common victims of graffiti vandalism, but other masonry stones, metals, and even wood can sometimes fall prey to spraypaint vandalism!

Depending on the surface, the appropriate removal product may vary. Believe it or not, the type of material will dictate who the graffiti adheres to the surface, thus also how you go about removing it. Knowing this, it is important to know the age and type of surface you are dealing with before getting to work!

Step 2: Pick a product that is appropriate

In most cases, you are dealing with stone or brick graffiti removal and that means you have several options. For the DIY gang, you can try to use something like World’s Best Graffiti Removal – Bare Brick. The product is used to remove graffiti from masonry surfaces and the applications are proven to work quite effectively.

While there is no 100% guarantee of removing all graffiti without compromising a bit of the existing look of the surface, there are plenty of products and paint strippers are can be used to remove graffiti with a simple search.

Step 3: Complete the graffiti removal

Here at Bright Exterior Cleaning we always assess the graffiti situation before making a recommendation and doing the work. In most cases, we typically apply our proprietary blend of surfactants and removals to complete our graffiti removal and this process often requires one component: Time and Elbow Power.

Luckily, when we remove graffiti we have all the necessary power washing and pressure washing supplies to make the job a simple and quick one!

How much does graffiti removal cost?

before and after graffiti removal

On average, most companies charge a minimum of $200 and up for graffiti removal service calls no matter the job size. After meeting a minimum threshold service call price, typically, companies charge $3.00 per square foot and up for graffiti removal simply because it can be very time-consuming.

Prices may vary depending on the size and scope of the project. For example, a train car (remember the intro to this article) that has “Virginia” written in bold letters across the side of it might take a little longer than a toddler getting ahold of some spray paint on the driveway!

As a general rule of thumb, take a photo, call a professional exterior cleaning company and be sure to avoid messing up surfaces further!

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