How to remove graffiti from bathroom partitions and playground structures

How to remove graffiti from bathroom partitions and playground structures

There are many types of bathroom partitions including stainless steel, powder-coated steel, and plastic.

Graffiti from spray paint, most pens and wax crayons, as well as boot polish, can be cleaned quickly and easily using Graffiti Safewipes, Sensitive Surface Graffiti Remover or Bare Brick, Stone & Masonry Graffiti Remover.

Magic marker stains on powder-coated or painted bathroom stalls can always be cleaned perfectly using our Sensitive Surface Graffiti Remover/Safewipes followed by Feltpen Fadeout.

Feltpen Fadeout may also be effective on a plastic surface but is often too slow, requiring long dwell times and several applications. In these cases, it might be better to fog mist and disguise any remaining stain.

Remove markers marks using Graffiti Safewipes or Sensitive Surface Graffiti Remover. Then follow with a damp cloth. Courtesy of Graffiti Busters LTD.

On indoor restroom surfaces, Sensitive Surface Graffiti Remover or Graffiti ‘Safewipes’ leaves a pleasant citrus smell behind. The orange oils in these products have been shown to kill household germs including gold staph, as well as deodorizing. They can repel insects and kill flies in bins too.

On outdoor playground equipment where there are heavy amounts of spray can, we recommend using our Bare Brick, Stone & Masonry Graffiti Remover. Apply by brush or broom and agitate, one or two flood coats at 3-minute intervals, and then rinse thoroughly with a pressure washer. It often helps to use a scourer and push the graffiti remover into the plastic when dissolving graffiti. Small amounts of graffiti can be wiped away with a damp cloth after they are dissolved. 

When removing heavy spray-paint on plastic playground equipment use BBSM. Brush on, wipe off and rinse off with a pressure washer.  Courtesy of Graffiti Busters LTD.

When using a pressure washer to rinse, a cold water pressure wash works most of the time, however hot water will definitely leave the play equipment looking like new and is always preferable if you have access to one. Ink markers will wipe away quite easily using Safewipes or Sensitive Surface Graffiti Remover (brush on, wipe off).

Removing magic marker stain from bathroom ceiling with Feltpen Fadeout.  Courtesy of Graffiti Busters LTD.

Graffiti from boot polish markers (which can be identified by broad strokes and drips) can often be cleaned using Feltpen Fadeout first. Brush on, and leave on for several minutes before rinsing with a pressure washer or stiff-bristled nylon brush and water.  

If you have tried all these techniques and are still staring at residual ink stains on the plastic then you may have no choice but to recommend either removing the panel, or planing/slicing/sanding off the affected area.

In the case of outdoor play equipment, you could leave the balance of the stain to the ‘elements’ as UV Sunlight and rain eventually fades all graffiti, or choose to color match and paint over. Many times the residual stain from a felt pen will disappear after a couple of weeks.   

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