To Worcester’s graffiti crew and YOU!

Thanks to T-Traveler for pointing out the T&G article about graffiti removal in Worcester.

That reminds me that I had wanted to recommend a product to everyone, and especially to the graffiti task force guys.  It’s something my husband found at Building 19 a few weeks ago:

He bought it with Deed Rock in mind, figuring that for $3.99 a gallon, it was worth a try.  I have no idea what’s in it, but the label says it’s biodegradable & non-flammable, so at the very least it was unlikely to be harmful.

Well, it has been a busy summer and we haven’t gotten to Deed Rock to try it yet, but we did an experiment last week which has me champing at the bit to try it on graffiti.  I’ll explain, but be forewarned — toilets will be mentioned.  If you’re squeamish, read no further.

For decades the toilet in my house has had a problem with stubborn “stains” under the rim where the water comes in at each flush.  I qualified the use of the word “stain” with quotation marks because I’m not sure exactly what the nature of the discoloration was, but it was certainly impervious to Comet, Ajax, bleach, and all of the other retail toilet-cleaning products, as well as rust removal products like naval jelly and CLR.  My husband managed to remove the stains once before about 10 years ago using hydrochloric acid and a wire brush — I suppose it’s a miracle that the porcelain is still intact.  But nothing short of that would even reduce the stainage.

Until SafeScience Concrete Cleaner & Graffiti Remover, that is.

It was my husband’s brainstorm to try the SafeScience product on the toilet stains.  This solution is supposed to be used diluted, but he put some undiluted solution on a Scotch-Brite sponge and scrubbed lightly at an area of the stain.  In less than two minutes, the stain was gone!  He proceeded to use it all around the rim, and now our problem stains are history!

I should also mention that my husband, being the daring sort, did this without gloves or any other protection, and came to no harm, nor was the sponge damaged in any way.  This product is not only effective, it was cheap and safe.  I can’t wait to see how it does on graffiti!

Here’s a close-up of the label, so you can see what else it’s designed to work on:

Go get some while it’s still in stock at the Grafton St. Building 19.  I read online that SafeScience, Inc. became GlycoGenesys, Inc. at some point, and has had some financial troubles recently.  It’s unclear whether they’re still making products like this, so hurry up & get some while it’s available — and cheap!

3 thoughts on “To Worcester’s graffiti crew and YOU!

  1. Cara says:

    I was a little concerned about this article. Graffiti is always a super sensitive issue for me, coming from the so-called Hip Hop Generation. I understand how it has a negative impact on community, but I also understand where it comes from. I just feel like throwing all paint on walls into the same category as gang-related tags is ignoring the root causes of why some young people tag, and prevents us from finding longer-term solutions then whit splotches all over the city. My mother used to live near the bridge at the end of the dead-end road near Crystal Park. Constantly, there were huge white blotches of covering up graffiti and it looks even worse than the paintings it was covering. I would much rather spend money to pay youth in the community to re-paint parks, bridges, and public spaces in creative and beautiful ways (that they’ll then be invested in protecting) than having a one-man re-con squad throwing white blotches and chemicals up in already chemical infested communities. People sing lots of praise for the William Bratton’s zero-tolerance on the MTA lines in New York in the early ’90s, whitewashing trains daily, but none of those people talk about how those chemicals skyrocketed asthma in the communities those lines served.

  2. Cara says:

    I can’t find the source I was thinking of when I wrote this. I know I read about it a few times when I was working on my Master’s. But here are a few references to reports about the dangers of such chemicals. In the early ’90s and late ’80s in New York the MTA trains were being doused daily before being sent back out in to the community, so it’s hard to conceive of the concentration of those chemicals.

    http://www.ewg.org/schoolcleaningsupplies/classroomasthma
    http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohsep/Documents/graffiti.pdf
    http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Removing-graffiti-can-be-risky-60140082.html

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