What To Do When Graffiti Is On Your Facade

Wednesday 12th July 2023

Ellen Warren

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Graffiti on business facade

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One of the most important aspects of building design and construction is a facade. A business building must have a clean and well-made facade to make a good impression on workers and visitors. If it becomes damaged or dirty, this could impact your company’s image and deter guests.

It is essential to keep your building’s facade clean, and at ICE Cleaning, we provide comprehensive facade cleaning services. You can rely on our technicians, who are qualified by a number of organisations including IPAF and IOSH, to deliver excellent results.

Read on to learn more about the importance of facade cleanliness and what to do when a graffiti attack ruins your building.

What is a facade?

A facade is defined as the exterior of a building or the front face of a property. It is one of the most integral parts of a building’s structure besides the roof, as it protects against harsh weather elements.

Choosing the right facade for your home or business is based on identifying an adequate barrier, achieving lower energy consumption, and the right design to make a good first impression. For a company building, meeting all these requirements is integral to maintaining a good reputation.

There are different types of facades to choose from, either in the category of lightweight or heavyweight. These facades can impact first impressions, but they can also change the comfort and safety of your occupants.

Why is facade cleaning important?

Because facades are the first thing potential clients and visitors see, it is important that you maintain the cleanliness of your building’s exterior. Although the interior may be polished, a dirty building covered in grime, algae, or graffiti might turn people away.

Not only will cleaning the facade make it more appealing, but it ensures the structure’s longevity in the future. An accumulation of dirt and pollutants can damage it over time, leading to an unsafe environment and higher costs in the future.

How does graffiti affect a facade?

Pollutants and chemical toxins in spray paints can present multiple risks to the building, inflicting damage that is difficult to remove without the help of a graffiti removal company. The harsh solutions can erode building materials and dent the structure, permanently staining the surface.

However, trying to remove graffiti from a facade without professional help can cause more damage than leaving it would. The wrong solutions may leave behind permanent shadow-like marks and chemical stains, and create holes in the wall due to pressure washing.

There are a few ways you can prevent graffiti from being applied to your property, which includes the following:

  • Applying facade paint
  • Ensure the facade is well-lit
  • Add greenery to the building
  • Build a fence or hedge around the property
  • Install camera surveillance systems

How graffiti can impact your business

A building with graffiti on the facade creates a negative impression for multiple reasons, which could potentially damage your business’ reputation. Racist or gang-related graffiti can also contribute to a negative perception of the area, further discouraging people from visiting.

Unfortunately, graffiti encourages further damage and vandalism on neighbouring businesses which will, in turn, impact the community. If your facade is vandalised it may:

  • Impact property values
  • Deter present and future consumers
  • Be costly to remove and lead to financial losses

What to do when you discover graffiti on your facade

If you notice vandalism and graffiti on your property, you must act quickly to ensure a swift removal and prevent further attacks from occurring. Do not try to apprehend or approach the perpetrator if you see the crime in progress, instead, you must do the following:

  • After the perpetrator has left the scene, take photographic and video evidence
  • Secure evidence that may have been left behind or touched
  • Report the attack by calling 101 or using online reporting
  • Cover the graffiti if possible
  • Contact a professional facade cleaning company

Do not try to remove the graffiti yourself, as this may only cause further damage to the surface of your facade. Trying to scrub the paint or use a pressure washer could erode the exterior or permanently stain the surface.

Consulting a professional cleaning company can ensure your facade is restored and undamaged. With non-abrasive solutions and industrial equipment, your property is less likely to retain the damage left by graffiti.

Get in touch

If vandalism and graffiti have damaged your facade, contact our team here at ICE Cleaning for our high-quality facade clean-up services. We utilise effective methods and non-abrasive chemicals to remove dirt, grime, and graffiti from any surface.

Our team can answer any questions you may have regarding a graffiti attack at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We are available nationwide, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and can be on-site at your earliest convenience in an emergency.

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