Got Graffiti All Up in Your Business?

Since caveman days, humans have been expressing themselves through art and words on the surfaces of their environment. Yet in today’s world there are many artistic mediums available, and expression becomes vandalism when it involves somebody else’s property.

While some graffiti can make a statement, it often causes more harm than good. Graffiti can damage a business, especially if the artwork features offensive lewd imagery or fowl words, by corrupting the appearance and professionalism of the building, as well as giving customers a negative connotation about the surrounding area. As location is a big factor for the success of many businesses, it’s important to ensure that your location is clean and orderly.

Graffiti comes in many forms—spray paint, chalk, marker, stickers, etching—and affects different types of environments including offices, schools, arenas, parks, medical facilities, and manufacturing plants. Indoor vandalism can come in the form of pen, marker, or stickers on desks or bathroom stalls, while outdoor vandalism often comes in the form of spray paint on a multitude of surfaces.

Graffiti can cause permanent damage, so if your building gets tagged, it’s important to act quickly!

WHO SHOULD CLEAN UP THE GRAFFITI?

The responsibility of cleaning up graffiti usually falls on a building’s maintenance department, however, governmental units often have their own graffiti-removal programs. Additionally, some schools and other buildings will call the local police to photograph the graffiti for a report, so make sure you’ve gone through all the appropriate channels before digging into the dirty work.

HOW TO REMOVE GRAFFITI

When removing graffiti, regardless of method, you should work from the outside to the center, rather than across the stain, so it doesn’t spread to clean area. On any surface, using abrasive materials too aggressively can also leave the graffiti’s pattern scratched or shadowed into the surface.

To tackle graffiti on vertical surfaces, you can rely on foam or paste cleaners that will stay in place. For minor pen or pencil graffiti, often you can use a household cleaner or disinfectant, then dab (don’t rub) the area and neutralize with water to remove it. For etching, try filling in scratches with paint softener.

Below are some tips on how to remove graffiti from a variety of surfaces: 

Brick, Concrete, & Masonry

  • Apply baking soda-based products
  • Rub with steel/bronze wool or sandpaper
  • Power-wash with a 3000psi pressure washer
  • Sand-blast

Metal

  • Apply paint thinner
  • Rub with steel/bronze wool or sandpaper
  • Power-wash with a 3000psi pressure washer

Wood

  • Apply mineral spirits (only if wood is painted, stained, or sealed)
  • Apply citrus-based cleaners (for ink)
  • Power-wash with a 3000psi pressure washer
  • Sand the wood and repaint

Glass

  • Apply paint thinners
  • Scape off with a razor blade
  • Rub with ultra-fine bronze wool with water

Plastic

  • DO NOT apply paint thinners
  • Rub with ultra-fine bronze wool

GRAFFITI? GONE!

Before trying any of the above solutions, why not try out U.S. Standard Product’s Graffiti Gone W.B. solution? Part of our Industrial Solvents and Degreasers collection, this solution is specifically designed to remove graffiti from all surfaces.

Graffiti Gone is a high viscosity, water-based graffiti, urethane, paint, and varnish remover formulation containing no harmful methylene chloride. Graffiti Gone can be used on metal, concrete, brick, marble, stone, soft woods, and plaster. This fast-acting formula penetrates and softens multiple coats for easy removal.

This solution is available in 1-gallon volumes, order yours today from U.S. Standard Products.

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5 Tips for Creating Your Own Office Cleaning Procedures

A clean workplace can promote productivity, satisfaction and a stronger culture among employees. However, one unclean hand can undermine all of this in just a few days.

A recent study uncovered the impact of hand hygiene on employee absenteeism— researchers found that a standard office desk harbors 10 million bacteria, 400 times the amount of germs than a toilet seat. After testing 4,800 surfaces in office buildings, researchers found that the dirtiest surfaces include: keyboards, refrigerator doors, microwaves, and sink-faucets.

The Importance of Office Cleanliness

In August 2018, a food service employee at the Newport Syndicate events center was working while ill, and was subsequently diagnosed with hepatitis A. The Northern Kentucky Health Department urges all residents who consumed food or drink at the events center to get a vaccination and wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.

OSHA standard 1910.141 requires places of employment like the Newport Syndicate to be kept clean. In order to prevent this from ever happening again, all companies should keep floors should be dry and clear of hazardous objects, and waste should be disposed of on a regular basis. Vermin and other pests should be prevented from sneaking into cracks in the wall or air vents—check last month’s blog post all about this topic.

Corporate cleaning services can cost you upwards to $50 to $100 an hour, so educating your staff about hand hygiene and office cleanliness procedures is a better way to boost productivity and improve office cleaning etiquette in your office. U.S. Standard Products offers an array of cleaning products for industrial and janitorial applications; this includes a full line of environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Read about these green products here.

In order to successfully achieve a clean office, it’s best to come up with your own office cleaning procedures. Here are the five basic steps to keep in mind when writing your procedures, along with some cleaning products we recommend that you should use:

1. Wash Your Hands

It only takes contagious germs two to four hours to spread onto most surfaces in an office building, so it’s important to keep your distance with sick employees and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and OSHA recommend people wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and clean water. U.S. Standard Products offers hand soaps such as the Delight Foaming Hand Soap to keep your hands clean and moisturized.

2. Throw Away Trash

Break rooms and office kitchens are frequent homes for germs. Foods should be properly packed, and any expired or moldy foods should be disposed of immediately. Make sure they are handled in a way that does not leak or spill on the floor. Custodians should also change trash bins out regularly.

It is important to regularly tidy and organize your desk. Throw away unnecessary and unused papers, notes, wash dishes, silverware and mugs thoroughly. USSP offers dishwashing detergents such as DW 131 Dishwashing Liquid. Even the smallest amount provides maximum cleaning action.

3. Dust Off Your Equipment

Over time, your items and equipment on your desk will collect dust particles and debris containing microbes and germs, which can irritate the eyes and nose, cause dry skin, and trigger allergies.

Use sanitizing wipes to sweep dust off telephones, desktop monitors, printers and other electronic devices. Dust control products from USSP such as D-Dust and Magic Mist are ideal for surfaces and air dusters can also be used to blow our dust from between your keyboard.

4. Wipe Any Surfaces

Most surfaces in the office also collect dust and house germs, thanks largely to cross contamination. Disinfectants such as USSP’s Clean & Shine Neutral can effectively kill germs when used on desks, tabletops, and counters. To prevent physical contact with chemical solutions and avoid constant hand-washing while scrubbing, try wearing rubber gloves.

5. Scrub the Floor

Bacteria is the most abundant in soil and dirt, which can be spread around the office right under your heels. Carpet cleaning products such as Float Away Neutral pH Extraction Cleaner can remove soils, dirt, stains, and spills from carpeting and upholstery. Be sure to sweep or vacuum any food crumbs or litter as soon as possible.

Enforcing office cleaning procedures will help you maintain a clean workplace and provide a positive social environment for you and your employees. However, knowing is only half the battle, unless you get the right products.

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