Graffiti on your house? A pressure washer can help

Graffiti on your house? A pressure washer can help

It's disappointing to come upon a scrawling snake of spray paint defacing a fence or home. Call it graffiti, tagging or a curious form of art, it’s a disheartening — and potentially expensive — sight if you happen to own the targeted property.

Tony Cordato of EZ Flow Hydro in Torrance, Calif., offers pressure washing for standard cleanup jobs on driveways, sidewalks, mobile homes, garage floors and the like. He also has done his share of graffiti removal.

“There are a variety of ways to remove tagging, depending on the surface,” advises Tony.  “If it’s enamel paint on an unpainted cement surface we use hot water with a pressure machine and detergent. If it’s a Sharpie or marker ink, we use a citrus cleaner with the water pressure. The acid breaks up the stain. This also works on awnings, but you can't use the water pressure device or the fabric will tear. You have to use brushes for that kind of removal.”

Graffiti can bleed back onto a surface if it isn’t removed properly, so it’s advisable to go ahead and hire a service if it happens to you.

Sometimes, the tagger will come back and re-tag. And sadly, there are parts of the city where no one bothers to remove the markings. How a tagger targets a freeway sign, hanging high in the sky, is a conundrum.

“These guys scale fences with barbed wire to tag the signs,” says Tony. “I once saw a guy holding his friend by the feet so he could be lowered down to tag a freeway sign. These guys will take any risk to mark a sign or building.”


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