How to Remove Graffiti from Stone, Masonry, and Tile Surface

If you notice graffiti on your stone surface, your first instinct will be to pressure wash it away.

Unfortunately, pressure washing can cause stains and shadows on your stone, permanently damaging the surface.

Luckily, there are more effective means of removing graffiti from your stone, masonry, or tile surfaces.

Rules to consider when removing graffiti

Time

The longer graffiti remains on a surface, the harder it will be to remove. For this reason, you will want to take action immediately.

Temperature

Graffiti dries faster in the warmer months, and the sooner it dries, the harder it will be to remove later on. 

Abrasives

As stated previously, pressure washing and other abrasive removal techniques should be avoided, especially on soft stone, brick, and masonry surfaces. These methods may remove the graffiti, but they could cause marks and shadows that are nearly impossible to remove.

Cleaners

Be careful about choosing the proper cleaners, as certain chemicals will emulsify the paint and drive it deeper into the surface.

Removing Graffiti

Step 1: Identify the type of graffiti

The type of graffiti that has been used will determine the type of cleaner you will use to remove it. Water-based mediums can be removed with mild detergents, while solvent-based paints require mineral spirits or paint strippers. 

Step 2: Apply the cleaning solution

Rinse off the surface with clean water. Then, apply the cleaning solution of your choice with a soft, nylon scrub brush, working from the bottom to the top. It is important not to let the solution dry during this step.

Step 3: Apply paint stripper

Once you have cleaned the surface, let it dry completely. Then, spray a paint stripper onto the surface, rinse, and repeat until the graffiti is completely removed. 

To learn more about how to properly remove graffiti from your stone surface, contact Stone Makeover today. 

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