Every year, businesses spend millions of dollars protecting buildings, equipment, and inventory. Most clean up or maintenance tasks are best handled in-house. However, occasionally you will need professional service. Emergency restoration professionals are often called to the site of a flood or fire. Commercial equipment such as fans designed to dry warehouses or clear air of smoke smell are available, as well as the experienced technicians to get your business up and running ASAP.
However, as a business owner, when should you call in help for another type of emergency- graffiti? According to the Bureau of Justice, graffiti is the most common type of property damage in the U.S., causing building owners and facility manager’s considerable time, resources and decreased property value. If your staff finds evidence of property damage, assess the severity and materials used. If regular cleaning materials will easy remove it, your janitorial team will clean immediately. Perhaps painting over the offensive area will be the cheapest and easiest solution.
However, if the problem is larger in scope or more permanent in nature, there are several proactive and reactive options available for preventing and mitigating graffiti damage.
Surface protectant films offer a clear, distortion-free layer that protects windows, graphics, mirrors and other surfaces in retail, public facilities, and street-level glass applications. This proactive solution is useful for either interior or exterior applications and is available in different thicknesses for graffiti abatement in low- or high-risk situations and can easily be removed, leaving little or no residue when replacement is needed.
Although there are a variety of different chemical removers on the market, the strength of the solvent generally indicates how quickly the paint will dissolve. When using this type of graffiti mitigation system, it is important to consider the surface type where the graffiti is found as some materials may produce unappealing aesthetic results.
As some chemical removers can be harmful to the environment, organic solutions are also a consideration. Unlike chemical removers, these products often have lower safety and health risks.
A pressure washer may be used to remove graffiti and is often used in combination with a solvent. Alternative blasting media includes ground walnut shells, baking soda crystals, dry ice, ground rubber, carbon flint or sand.
Think of it as large scale exfoliation. Dustless blasting mixes a recycled glass abrasive with water in a specialized blast tank. By directing a concentrated blast of water and coarse material at a target, this technique is able to eliminate graffiti without creating the cloud of dust that is commonly associated with other removal methods.
Public perceptions of crime are strongly influenced by the impression of public spaces which are unmanaged and appear ‘out of control’ due to vandalism. Your place of business is an extension of your business. Build a relationship with a reliable partner to maintain the value of your business.