Graffiti is writing or drawings made on a wall or other surface, usually without permission and within public view. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings.
If they are left untouched graffiti can encourage more graffiti, rubbish dumping and anti-social behaviour.
It is the land owner's responsibility to clean graffiti on their private property.
Prevent graffiti on your property
To help prevent graffiti appearing on your property you could:
- install security measures to prevent access for graffiti vandals. This could include nightlights, locks, fences, and even CCTV.
- The quicker graffiti is removed the less likely vandals will strike again.
How to remove graffiti
Wipe it out
Most graffiti is made by either a permanent marker pen or paint spray from a can. It is often easier to remove new graffiti before it has had a chance to dry.
Brush it out
A simple solution to graffiti on wood and painted surfaces is to paint over the top. For best results the graffiti should first be scrubbed or even primed (especially when the graffiti is dark). Anti-graffiti paints are available which make graffiti removal a lot easier.
Scrub it off
Graffiti on non-porous surfaces can often be scrubbed off using a strong detergent and lots of elbow grease. Non-porous surfaces include:
- sound masonry paint
- shiny bricks
- glossy paints
It is likely that traces of graffiti will remain, but this may fade or be painted over.
Stubborn graffiti can be removed with the help of specific removal products. The success of removal very much depends on the surface involved. Read the instructions before using any of these products. You may wish to use a specialist company listed in the local phone directory under graffiti removers or painting contractors.