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Las Vegas Graffiti Removal

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Basics of Graffiti Removal

It’s not often that homeowners have to remove graffiti, fortunately. Usually, applying antigraffiti coatings and graffiti removal are the province of professional painting contractors and municipal maintenance departments. But the truth is that we live in an age when desecrating someone else’s property occurs more often than we would like to think. Homeowners become involved when it’s their fence, their retaining wall or even the side of their house that has received a scrawl of spray paint, shaving cream, lipstick or anything that can be thrown, brushed or sprayed. Also, sometimes as volunteers for a Boy Scout troop, a town, a parks department or a religious organization, homeowners are called on to wage war against graffiti and vandalism. Here’s some information to help you fight back.

Nonsacrificial Graffiti Barrier

Although expensive (about $160 per gallon), CPU 647 Barrier Coating has substantial coverage. One gallon covers about 400 sq. ft. Also bear in mind that once applied, las vegas graffiti removal is supposed to be relatively rapid. The coating’s manufacturer says graffiti can be wiped from the surface using mineral spirits, spray cleaner or its citrus-based cleaner (about $12 per pint). So cost savings are achieved by not having to use some of the drastic measures discussed below. And since the coating is formulated for ruggedness, you won’t have to repaint the surface after the graffiti is removed.

As to the coating’s specifics, it’s a two-part waterborne polyurethane (you mix its A and B components, then apply it). The coating has an additive that makes it slippery. This denies another coating the ability to make a good bond, and makes it easier to remove.

Its manufacturer says you can apply it to any common building material and even unusual substances, like plastic, brass and copper. It’s available as a clear coating, or it can be tinted. It’s sold at Sherwin-Williams paint stores.

Arm Yourself

Removing graffiti is not a job for the timid. Wear old clothes, and bring along the tools and equipment you would normally use to remove paint from furniture. Depending on what substance you are removing, and how much of it you are removing, you may need: goggles, heavy-duty rubber gloves, a respirator with an organic-vapor cartridge (if you are going to use solvents or strippers), safety goggles, a variety of scrub brushes, wire brushes, scrapers, plastic abrasive pads, rags, a bucket, spray cleaner or disinfectant, abrasive and non-abrasive cleaners, hand cleaner, professional-quality masking tape, plastic masking sheet, drop cloths (preferably made from cotton canvas) and plastic tarps.

If you’re removing graffiti from a surface that has not been treated with a barrier coating, such as the one mentioned above, you may need to use a chemical paint stripper or a pressure washer. It’s always best to try the least invasive method first, saving the drastic measures only after more gentle means have failed.

Be aware that any removal process, even a gentle one, can damage building materials. Painted and unpainted wood surfaces, limestone, sandstone, aluminum or vinyl siding all can be easily damaged by scrubbing or by applying solvents, cleaners and abrasives.

To test your method, remove graffiti from the less visible areas first. If possible, test the area initially: Remove the graffiti as best you can, clean the surface, then let the surface dry. Work from the bottom of the surface to the top. If you don’t, cleaning agents and dirty water are liable to leave streaks as they run down the wall. Bear in mind that any surface that has been wetted will not clean as readily as a dry surface that still has the ability to wick a cleaner or chemical into itself.

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Las Vegas Pressure Washing Service

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Tips For Cleaning Your Gutters With a Pressure Washing

Cleaning your gutters with a pressure washer can get them cleaner and do it faster. If you’re not worried about getting debris in the area you can simply aim the gun down the gutters and it blow them free of all debris. I find it faster and a little less messy to remove all large debris such as leaves, sticks, and other organic matter into a trash bag before using the pressure cleaning to blow them out.

One major advantage to using the las vegas pressure washing is that if you aim the gun down the downspout the high pressure can dislodge or unclog them completely. You will usually see a pile of gunk at the base of the downspout after this procedure and your downspouts will flow free again. Another advantage to pressure washing the inside of the gutter runs is the removal of grit buildup from asphalt roofing shingles. This sand-like buildup can weigh down your gutters and it is difficult to remove by hand.

In the fall after the majority of leaves have fallen it is important to do a thorough cleaning of your gutters to keep them flowing free. Over time buildup will clog your gutter system and make them susceptible to water and moisture build up which will damage the gutters and make them inoperable. Gutters are one of the major defenses against moisture problems, so make sure to keep them working properly.

One final tip: If you have time use your pressure washing service to clean the outside of your gutters. Gutters can stain if left unattended to the elements, so it is a good idea to clean the outsides each time you service the insides for buildup. This can be accomplished with a pressure washing detergent applied on a low pressure setting, wait 5 minutes, and remove with a higher pressure tip.

Be careful pressure washing can do damage to your home, so make sure you know how to safely operate your machine and read the owners manual before ever putting it to use. Always use safety glasses to clean your gutters with a pressure cleaner.

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Las Vegas Window Cleaning Service

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Las Vegas Window Washing Tips

Nobody likes washing windows. There, I said it—got it out of the way fast, too. After that obvious fact comes another one: it still has to be done. Washing windows without streaks is every homeowner’s goal. If you’ve struggled with paper towels and bottles of las vegas window cleaning retailer, it’s time to get on the road to streak free windows.

It Really Is All About The Tools
If you want streak-free windows, you should use what the pros use: a squeegee. Shaped like a paint roller except with a rubber blade at the end, squeegees are perfect for washing windows.

You can pick a squeegee up at any large home center. A simple one will cost less than $10, but splurge on a pro model (around $25) that will last longer and clean better. If you have windows with small panes, look for a 4” to 6” model, but for larger windows, a 10” or 12” squeegee will be perfect.

Along with a squeegee, you’ll need lint free rags or newspaper. If you can find them, microfiber cloth wipes are great for washing windows. Whatever you do, resist the temptation to use paper towels—they’ll leave paper dust and lint behind. A couple of sponges and a large bucket will complete your window washing toolset.

A Simple (Cleaning) Solution
One cause of streaks is residue left behind. To make your own streak-free window cleaning solution, mix 1 tablespoon of dish washing liquid and 1/4 cup of white vinegar with a gallon or two of cool water in a large bucket.

These simple ingredients will cut grease and dirt, leaving windows crystal clear.

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