The use of metal finishes on property and building projects has become increasingly popular in recent years and can be used to good effect to create unique feature elements that give a modern look.
Often, the materials used to construct these features are made from aluminium or galvanised steel as they provide a great metallic finish that is highly resistant to stains and corrosion.
This is great, as it means they don’t require much maintenance and will last for many years.
However, when it comes to cleaning these surfaces in the event of graffiti vandalism, there are some precautions that need to be taken in order to prevent damage to the metal finish.
Due to the nature of these metals, paint and dyes can be easily removed with the use of strong chemicals. Unfortunately, these same chemicals will cause damage to the metal finish if not properly neutralised quickly after the cleaning process has been done.
Many people are unaware of this risk and we often see metal surfaces that have been impacted by the use of strong cleaning solutions.
The galvanised finish that is used to seal and protect steel from corrosion is still delicate and is damaged by alkali based products. This will leave the galvanised coating weak and cause it to discolour and the steel to corrode.
Aluminium can also be easily discoloured and stained by the use of cleaning solutions that are not suitable for use on this alloy metal. Commonly this aluminium will turn a white colour in areas that have been treated with such chemicals and will leave a permanent mark on the surface.
Cleaning stains, graffiti or paint from these metal surfaces needs to be done with caution and knowledge of what to use, as the wrong type of cleaning solution can affect the surface and discolour it permanently.
Our team has over 45 years experience in treating and dealing with graffiti removal from an extensive range of surfaces and we have developed our own unique range of specialist cleaning solutions for use on these surfaces that efficiently removes graffiti without effecting the surface coating.
Don’t risk damage to your property with incorrect cleaning products. Give our team a call and let the professionals look after your graffiti removal.