Remove anti-graffiti coating

Beware! Anti-graffiti coatings can fail if not professionally applied

anti graffiti coating removal

Anti graffiti coating testing

Large walls are like a blank canvas for graffiti vandals
and that is why it can be wise to invest in and
protect your property with anti-graffiti coatings.However, despite all good intentions, unless you have
these coatings applied by a professional they can often
lift and peel, leaving you with an unsightly looking finish
that can be expensive to rectify.There are three types of anti-graffiti coating; sacrificial,
semi-sacrificial and permanent. It is important to ensure
you apply the right type of coating for the building surface
you have.

We not only specialise in applying anti graffiti coatings,
but also in removing and stripping coatings when they
either fail or need replacing at the end of their design life.

Anti graffiti coating removal

Anti graffiti coating removal

Recently our team solved a problem for our client in
Queensland by removing a failed anti-graffiti coating. 
Using our proven developed technique to molecularly break
down the hardened two pack coatings we reduced the coating
back into a liquid form which then allowed us to extract the
coating out of the pores of the 
masonry surface using
super-heated water under 
pressure.All waste produced is collected and processed to
EPA standards and our own high standards of
environmental management. If you want to
reduce ongoing graffiti removal costs and protect
your property with a quality anti-graffiti coating that won’t fail,
give our friendly team a call today!

Invisible anti graffiti coating

Invisible anti graffiti coating

Moss removal without pressure washing

Avoid costly damage by removing your moss stains with our specialised solution

Remove moss without pressure washing

Remove moss without pressure washing

The Stain Eaters are known for our flexibility and wide range of cleaning solutions
and as such were called on to remove tough moss stains from a tiled surface at a
large housing estate.Moss removal from hard surfaces is usually achieved by pressure washing the growth
away but in this case a more delicate approach was needed in order to avoid damaging
or displacing the tiles.

Our treatment of the moss provided a much safer option to the regular pressure washing
method and was achieved by a specialised chemical treatment to kill moss without
the need for high-pressure water.
Mosses are flowerless plants typically 1–10cm tall, though some species are much
larger with the tallest moss in the world growing over 50cm in height. They commonly
grow close together in clumps or mats in damp or shady locations. They do not have
flowers, seeds or vascular tissue and their simple leaves cover thin stems.

Moss removal without pressure washingEnvironmentally friendly chemical treatment for moss removal

Inhibiting moss growth
 

Moss can be a troublesome weed and vigorous moss growth can inhibit seedling
emergence and penetration of water and fertilizer to the roots of other plants
you wish to grow.
Moss growth can be inhibited by a number of methods:

  • Decreasing availability of water through drainage
  • Increasing direct sunlight
  • Heavy traffic or manually disturbing the moss
  • Application of chemicals such as ferrous sulfate (e.g. in lawns)

    or bleach (e.g. on solid surfaces)

Killing moss will not prevent regrowth unless conditions favorable to their growth are changed.

 

Contact us today for moss removal

Glue removal from concrete

How to avoid sticky situations and remove glue from hard surfaces

Glue removal from concrete

Glue stains on your concrete? We'll get it OFF!

We were recently called on for our expertise in
glue removal from concrete at a local council office
building undergoing major renovation works.Tactile tiles for the vision impaired had been removed,
leaving a tough layer of glue residue that needed to
be cleaned off a
nd that is when our
surface restoration technicians were called in to
save the day!

The glue posed a health & safety hazard for pedestrians
and was required to be cleaned up immediately so
we got to work implementing our proprietary
chemical process to remove glue from concrete surfaces.

We then used hot water under pressure to remove
any remaining evidence of the stain and our clients
couldn’t have been happier with the result! 

 Liquid nails removal

Liquid nails a problem for you? We'll get it OFF!

Another similar job we recently completed was at a
factory undergoing a total re-development and the
building contractors had left a terrible mess across the
floor.

Messy tradesmen are common within the building
industry as construction sites are prone to debris
and difficult to remove stains.

At this particular location there were layers of
liquid nail stains left behind and when the builders were
unable to remove the liquid nail stains and struggled to
prepare the surface for coating we were called in to help.

Needless to say, our clients were again delighted with the
results we were able to achieve and opted to further protect
their floors from any future damage by allowing us to apply
our proprietary coating solution across the property, saving
them both time and money and adding significant value
to their valuable asset.

Angry about messy builders

Angry about messy builders?

Remove glue, liquid nails and adhesive

Graffiti removal from commercial building project

 Shady signage saved by Graffiti Eaters

Graffiti removal from building site

Graffiti removal from building site shadecloth

Large commercial projects often become the target of widespread graffiti attacks as they create a dominant visual presence in the community and give the vandals exactly what they want – recognition from their peers for their criminal acts.

We recently worked on a major building construction site removing graffiti from a variety of surfaces, including the removal of graffiti from shadecloth and facade cleaning on building walls to ensure they were able to reduce ongoing graffiti removal costs and also a reduction in vandalism to the general area. 

Building site graffiti tag

Building site attacked with graffiti

Graffiti removal at construction sites in heavily populated areas requires specialised treatment and expert knowledge as poor graffiti removal can quite easily damage the image or reputation of a commercial venture or project and create damage to the surface involved. Both types of damage can be difficult, if not impossible to restore.

 

That is why it is highly recommended to remove graffiti quickly and professionally to decrease the chances of repeat offenders and maintain the clean image of your business.

Removal of graffiti from building site

Another successful result for The Graffiti Eaters

Temporary fencing and semi-permanent structures are usually erected at these work sites to provide both security for the asset and safety for both their workers and the general public. The sad fact is that these sites act as a blank canvas for graffiti vandals looking to spread their tags and is an ongoing pain point for developers, owners and tenants who have to live with the ugly eyesore of graffiti on a daily basis.

 

If you have graffiti in your area or on your property there’s never been a better time to GET IT OFF – contact the Graffiti Eaters today for a professional consultation by phoning 1300 305 307 or clicking the link below:


 

Salt and Efflorescence removal

Didn’t you know too much salt can be a bad thing?

Efflorescence removal

Effects of efflorescence before removal

The Stain Eaters are known for our flexibility and wide range of cleaning solutions and as such were called on to remove tough salt and calcium deposits on tiled flooring around a major local swimming pool. This is a common problem in such areas but can extend to many environments not so familiar with the chemical reaction known as efflorescence.Efflorescence (which means “to flower out” in French) is the loss of water (or solvent) to the air which causes hydrated or solvated salt to appear. This reaction can occur in natural and built environments and may present a cosmetic problem (primary efflorescence), or also indicate serious structural weakness in porous construction material (secondary efflorescence).

Efflorescence cleaning has been a problem for many years as not only can it be difficult to remove properly, there is also a major challenge in stopping the salt deposits reforming.
First of all, there must be water present to dissolve and trans­port the salts. Groundwater is often a source of efflorescence as it can easily carry or move the salts to the surface but there must also be channels through which the water can move and migrate towards the surface. The more dense the material, whether it be brick, stone, stucco or concrete, the more difficult for the water to transport salts to the top. Conversely, the more porous the material, the greater the ease with which salts are transported and deposited.

Efflorescence removal

Removal of salt deposit needs to be done properly

Removal and prevention of Efflorescence 

Low absorption is the best assurance against efflorescence. Properly graded aggregates, low water-cement ratio, good compaction and proper curing practices will produce concrete of maximum density and low water absorption. While there is no permanent cure for efflorescence, there are several efflorescence removal methods used by The Stain Eaters that offer the best possible removal and protection against salt deposits occurring.Several methods are suggested. One is to use water under pressure and another is our highly specialised chemical treatment with subsequent flushing of water.

Acid applied to brick masonry, without previous wetting, may cause “burning” or discolouration of the brick and may also eat into the mortar. In extreme cases we may also use light sandblasting for removal of stubborn efflorescence which has been left to accumulate for many months.

Benefits of cleaning salt deposits and efflorescence

Efflorescence completely removed - another great result for The Stain Eaters!

Allowing the surface to dry thoroughly and then using a stiff brush prior to washing with water also aids in the prevention of salts re-penetrating the surface but there is no absolute cure for salt deposits reforming.Much care must be taken in applying acid to any masonry surface as the acid will attack not only the calcium carbonate and calcium sulphate efflorescence, but also other calcium compounds to produce calcium salts such as calcium chloride.

It is, therefore, very important to neutralize the acid before it can attack other compounds and that is why our expert surface restoration technicians are recommended for such work as they offer professional salt and efflorescence removal at extremely competitive prices.

 

Don’t wait until salt has taken over your property, give us a call today on 1300 305 307 or visit our website by clicking below:

  

Mould removal in freezing conditions

The Stain Eaters keep their cool…in any temperature!

Mould cleaning and removal from freezer

Mould, dirt and grime covering the industrial freezer

We were recently called on for our expertise in mould and grime removal at a local cold storage facility which had failed a health inspection audit and needed to be cleaned up immediately.Many companies had attempted to remove the stains with little or no results and that is when our surface restoration technicians were called on to save the day!

Mould and grime cleaning from freezer

The Stain Eaters solve problems others cannot

Using specialised labour and equipment to treat and fade back dirt, grime and sticky mould residue from internal and external panel freezer walls, our hardy technician worked in temperatures well below zero degrees.A keen eye and experience was essential to determine the most appropriate technique for restoring the surface without causing any damage and because he had successfully completed similar jobs before, our technician was able to professionally clean the colourbond surfaces and bring them back to an acceptable level of hygiene.
Freezer cleaned of mould, grime and dirt

Another successful result for The Stain Eaters

The use of our proprietary chemicals and solutions mixed with our expert knowledge of removing stains at various temperatures enabled us to achieve a fantastic result for our client and saved them from being penalised for breaching strict health and safety laws.So if you have mould, dirt or grime in your workplace and need it removed with the highest level of care, The Stain Eaters are here to help. We offer a specialised, competitive service and tailor the most appropriate solution to your needs.

 

Don’t wait until it’s too late…….contact us today on 1300 305 307 or visit out website by clicking the button below:

Dirt and Grime removal

Brazil World Cup causes increase in graffiti vandalism

Graffiti attack Brazil World Cup 2014

Trains in Brazil attacked during World Cup 2014

With the World Cup in Brazil kicking off this week, graffiti vandalism and offensive tagging has increased rapidly, with the two main host cities Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo experiencing a rapid expansion in graffiti attacks on both public and private property.

Graffiti in Brazil has been a reoccurring problem for many years now but with World Cup football in town, local residents and street gangs have begun to cover their cities with controversial and highly illegal graffiti. Offensive graffiti tags are being spray painted across the country in direct opposition to the World Cup being hosted in Brazil and the perceived burden the event is putting on the country’s already struggling economy.

Further tensions surrounding the sporting event being hosted in the country will lead to a prolonged battle between the graffiti vandals and the authorities grappling to bring the issue under control.

 

Brazil World Cup Graffiti Artist

 Graffiti artists have been divided by the World Cup in Brazil

Unfortunately for all, the longer the graffiti attacks occur, the costs associated with graffiti removal, clean-up and increased security will also continue to increase. Graffiti Management Programs such as those implemented by The Graffiti Eaters in Australia will need to be put in place to ensure a long-lasting and appropriate response to the ongoing vandalism present in the community.

Those areas most affected by graffiti vandalism are struggling to get the issue under control and the sooner they understand the problem and work towards preventative maintenance, the better.

Surprisingly, even graffiti murals celebrating the football tournament have been vandalised and images of the country’s football heroes defaced.

World Cup football in Brazil causes graffiti attacks

World Cup football in Brazil sparks graffiti vandalism

In a flow on from these attacks a six-metre high replica of the World Cup near the centre of Rio de Janeiro has been attacked with graffiti, leading to the trophy being eventually destroyed by local gangs.

City Mayor, Eduardo Paes has released a statement saying “Every effort will be taken to find the instigator or instigators of this act of vandalism so this attack does not go unpunished.”

Understanding the root causes and psychology of graffiti vandals is at the very heart of tackling how to prevent such crime and that is why The Graffiti Eaters undertake a holistic approach to not only remove graffiti, but put in place preventative measures of awareness and ongoing maintenance of this seemingly global problem.

Justin Bieber caught in graffiti vandalism controversy

Graffiti vandal Justin Bieber

Bieber's vandalism

The Graffiti Eaters does not condone graffiti vandalism, especially by celebrities such as Justin Bieber who created controversy in Queensland recently with his illegal acts of graffiti tagging on a Gold Coast hotel. 

The boutique Gold Coast hotel where pop star Justin Bieber sprayed graffiti over an external wall continues to defy requests from Mayor Tom Tate to remove the colourful display.The QT Hotel at Surfers Paradise has gushed about the Canadian-born star’s decision to redecorate one of the walls next to its tennis court when he stayed in late November last year.The “Bieberfiti” includes highly colourful Pacman-style ghosts, disembodied faces and even a Spongebob Squarepants-style creature.Within hours of Bieber’s daub appearing on the wall, which is visible from the busy Gold Coast Highway, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate ordered it be removed, even delivering one of the council’s graffiti removal kitsto the hotel.The hotel has refused to comply and has gone so far to promote a graffiti competition on its Facebook page, for budding artists wanting to display their skills on another wall of the hotel.

Bieber graffiti controversy

On the international leg of his Believe Tour, Bieber got himself into trouble in at least three countries — Australia, Brazil, and Colombia — for his newly discovered affinity for graffiti, especially his tag “Free Breezy”.

However, the operators have indulged Cr Tate by covering most of Bieber’s artwork with black plastic, held in place by duct tape.QT refused to comment on the graffiti and the competition when contacted by Fairfax Media on Monday but it is understood the hotel has no intention of removing Bieber’s contribution to the tennis court wall. That does not bode well with Cr Tate.“Covering up is not good enough,” he said. The public … and ratepayers won’t be satisfied until QT Gold Coast starts listening and cleans up.”Cr Tate said the hotel had set a “terrible example”, with at least one other holidaymaker arrested for graffiting just a short distance away and the graffiti angers local councils with “Public property including trees and safety signage being repeatedly vandalised along the footpath directly opposite the QT Gold Coast’s graffiti,” he said.“There is no question this city block has become graffiti prone and is costing ratepayers every time city cleaners respond.”

Cr Tate said the council was still considering forcing owners of properties with significant graffiti – including the hotel – to offset the city’s million annual graffiti removal spend.

“This could include levying higher rates on those who own derelict buildings and fail to report graffiti on and in around their property,” he said.

*Article sourced from
The Brisbane Times report by Marissa Calligeros
03/02/2014

 

Graffiti tagging in social media

Graffiti in social media

Graffiti vandalism in the digital age

 

Graffiti vandalism enters the digital age

For many years graffiti vandalism has been kept strictly in the physical world on trains, billboards and buildings but with new technology and more ways of communicating than ever before, graffiti vandals have quickly adopted social media as a new tool with which to publish their criminal acts. In recent years there has been a movement by graffiti vandals to use social media tags instead of the more traditional nicknames or street numbers commonly associated with ’graffiti tagging’. The most common expressions now appearing on footpaths, trains and public spaces are either “FMOIG” or “FMOT” acronyms meaning “Follow me on Instagram” or “Follow me on Twitter” – each followed by a username to identify the individual and satisfy their need for recognition. It’s not unusual to see Twitter handles or Facebook names now incorporated as part of graffiti vandalism and in January of 2014, an Urbandictionary definition of FMOIG popped up, making it more or less an official term to describe this phenomena.

Expressions like FMOIG or FMOT are common within the world of social media itself, but they leave a digital footprint. FMOIG tags are now turning up in vehicles, on poles and walls and especially around heavily used transport hubs.  If written on an impermeable surface, the tags usually disappear after a couple of weeks but in many other places, they have managed to stick around for longer. This new form of graffiti tagging recognition provides an immediate link back to the individual who ostensibly defaced a piece of public property and in this way, they are like traditional graffiti tags, only far more brazen.

 

Graffiti tags FMOT & FMOIG

Graffiti is evolving with Twitter and Facebook handles now added

These user IDs now being used in graffiti are much more personal and left in public places so that anyone who sees the graffiti can search the user ID and see everything the artist has posted.  In his book “Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years,” Economist digital editor Tom Standage makes the case that graffiti was actually the first form of social media and though modern social networks like to think of themselves as level playing fields for communication, technology is a barrier to access and prestige is a barrier to visibility.After centuries of graffiti and the need for graffiti removal, the effect of writing your name on a wall is mostly unchanged. These tags are more straightforward promotion than anything else, and if graffiti was the first social network, then these social media graffiti tags are the first recorded evidence of analog graffiti beginning to cross post back into the digital world.

The secret to understanding the psychology of a graffiti vandal

The greatest trick we ever pulled was convincing the world graffiti doesn't exist

The greatest trick that WE ever pulled was to convince the world that graffiti was never there

At The Graffiti Eaters, managing your site so that it is kept ‘graffiti free’ is a solution we specialise in and, if handled correctly, can greatly reduce risk, frustration and further expense associated with graffiti removal.

“Our aim is to make the public and other potential graffiti vandals believe that the graffiti never existed in the first place”. 

When we remove graffiti as part of our ongoing maintenance programs the public don’t have the opportunity to witness ongoing vandalism and this is of the utmost importance both to maintain your clean image and to remove the very motivation the vandals have for spraying graffiti in the first place – recognition.  When vandals receive praise and acknowledgement from their peers for undertaking acts of vandalism they are encouraged to continue but when this initial rush of adrenalin and pride is taken away, so is the desire to graffiti your property.

Many vandals have trouble accessing paint and either have to steal it or buy it, so they don’t waste it on sites they know are going to be cleaned frequently – as a result they give up very quickly once they know the graffiti vandalism is being adequately managed and future attacks will significantly decrease.

Graffiti vandals love to target derelict sites where their efforts are on display for many months but when their vandalism is left on prominent sites for extended periods they become more and more brazen and become more comfortable with vandalising businesses and sites in the open public; perhaps this has happened to you.

Angry teenage graffiti vandal

Remove the motivation and the graffiti will disappear

“You will never see major graffiti on corporate premises like McDonald’s and this is simply due to the ongoing maintenance programs put in place.”Our team maintain and clean a variety of corporate sites daily under our maintenance program because as professional businesses – they don’t tolerate ongoing vandalism. Corporate businesses are becoming increasingly unpopular targets for graffiti gangs as undertaking extensive graffiti is simply a waste of time due to the efficient and effective removal methods put into practice by our surface restoration technicians. The graffiti management budgets for businesses we work with have been dramatically reduced over the past five years because the vandals know there is no point wasting paint on their sites. To achieve a graffiti-free result long term, you need a consistent, determined and focussed effort. That’s what our Graffiti Maintenance Programs are designed to do.At many local sites such as councils and shopping centres, the openness and vulnerability of the facade means graffiti can quickly get out of control and this often leads to other crime like broken windows, burglaries, assaults and serious crimes like rape. The connection between graffiti and more serious crime has been made time and again as it has been shown to be the first stage of a downhill spiral that can be very difficult and costly to regain control. Members of the public then avoid certain areas for safety concerns and once a centre has this reputation, it is very difficult to reverse it. Don’t let this happen to you; stay on top of the vandalism and you will see it disappear.When we initially clean sites of graffiti (under our Graffiti Maintenance Programs) the vandals who are familiar with the area will test us and apply several tags to see how quickly it is removed. If you clean the graffiti once and then don’t follow up, the graffiti will quickly return. It’s a game to the vandals. We combat the graffiti gangs and their vandalism head on by removing it quick enough for them to get the message. This message, while effective can sometimes take 3 to 12 months to achieve and is best managed by the experts at The Graffiti Eaters with both an in depth understanding of both how to remove and how to overcome the psychological games played by the reckless vandals in your area.

Once a sufficient graffiti maintenance program is in place vandals become concerned that extra police and/or security patrols and video surveillance could also be put in place which means the risk of being caught increases. For 90% of the vandals this risk is too high and they move on to safer targets. If you then just have to attend to the brazen 10% remaining, the cost to maintain this is manageable long term, and this is what the monthly maintenance fee of our services is able to cover.

‘Graffiti Eaters’ Graffiti Maintenance Program includes 6 key ingredients to ensure successful graffiti-free areas:

  1. An assessment of the risk profile for various areas at the site
  2. Initial Clean-up of the agreed areas conducted at the start of the program (This needs to be done before any maintenance programs can commence
  3. Proprietary surface restoration techniques employed by our technicians to save both time and expense for clients
  4. Weekly or Fortnightly patrols then conducted to ensure the area remains graffiti free
  5. Within 3 months the incidence of graffiti starts reducing as vandals lose motivation
  6. Within 4 months public perception of the area and its reputation for safety is greatly improved leading to increased patronage