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Graffiti Removal Tips

Professional Graffiti Removal & Tips

Graffiti is a nuisance that is difficult and time-consuming to remove, but if left unaddressed it can hurt your professional image and even encourage additional graffiti attacks. Graffiti is notoriously difficult to remove from porous masonries like concrete, limestone, and brick. The wrong cleaning method can damage walls or permanently lock in stains.

Before you begin scrubbing, be sure to refer to our top tips below for guidance.

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Addressing graffiti right away often allows for easier removal and discourages further vandalism of your property. Consult the graffiti removal tips below and contact our experts today—we have flexible hours and do our best to accommodate fast response times!

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McCahill Painting's Top Tips for Graffiti Removal:


Aim for Rapid Removal

Studies show that graffiti vandals move on when their “work” isn’t allowed to stay on display. Rapid removal is the key to effective graffiti abatement.


Start with Gentle Methods

Walls and other surfaces, especially porous ones, can quickly sustain permanent damage from chemical agents and abrasives. Always start with the gentlest method possible and pay careful attention to whether you are damaging the substrate as you work to remove graffiti and other exterior stains.


Always Test First

If possible, test your cleaning agents and methods on a small, inconspicuous area to see if they work and whether they cause any damage to the substrate.


Use Caution with Chemicals

Read the contents and warnings on any cleaning agents or chemicals you use, and always apply them per the manufacturer’s specifications. Use protective gear as needed and consider the impact on the environment; there are several eco-friendly cleaning methods that effectively remove most graffiti.


Pressure Wash with Care

Pressure washers (also called power washers) pack a lot of power, so you need to be skilled at applying pressure and treatments that remove graffiti without damaging the surface material. For most graffiti situations, commercial power washing using hot water is highly effective for safe and effective graffiti removal. If you give it a go on your own, be sure to follow your pressure washer instructions and apply first to a small test area to assess the effectiveness and whether you are harming the structure.


Turn to an Experienced Professional

You can save yourself time, expense, and frustration by contacting an experienced and professional graffiti removal company for consultation. Unskilled attempts at graffiti removal often lead to bigger headaches in the end, so consulting an expert on the proper course of action typically yields the best solution. This is especially important when dealing with delicate and valuable surfaces, historic buildings, and unsound materials.

Contact McCahill Painting Company for a free consultation based on our extensive experience and safe, proven method of graffiti removal. We can completely remove graffiti from porous masonries like brick, limestone, and concrete, as well as metal and aluminum siding and many other materials. Dealing with difficult to access graffiti? Our advanced power washing drones can safely and efficiently remove graffiti from elevated and hard to access structures.

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