Got Gum Stains? 3 Reasons They’re as Bad as Graffiti

Believe it or not, that sticky, pink stuff that turns into black blotches around the common areas of your business has some similarities to graffiti. Here are 3 reasons gum stains can be just as detrimental to your business as graffiti tags:

Got Gum Stains? 3 Reasons They're as Bad as Graffiti

1) They multiply. Just like one graffiti tag can lead to more, so can one unsightly bubble gum blotch on your business walkways, sidewalks, and benches. If you don’t want more of the same, it is important to have gum stains removed quickly and thoroughly.

2) They leave a bad impression. Sticky, ugly gum spots devalue the hard work you have put into creating a positive reputation with your customers. They create a feeling of uncleanliness and detract from the environment and experience you are trying to provide your clients as they enter your shopping center or business. Like graffiti, they are not the type of “mark” you are trying to leave!

3) They’re difficult to remove.  Left to sit, gum can seep into porous surfaces like concrete, stone, and wood and become very difficult to remove. Ever try to scrape off an old gum wad yourself? Then you know how difficult and messy it can be to completely remove it. Add in the hot summer sun and you’re going to need even more elbow grease or possibly risk costly repairs down the road. Good thing you have a friend in the gum removing business with 214 Pressure Washing!

Just like graffiti, gum stains are unwelcome intruders that detract from the aesthetics, cleanliness, and reputation of your shopping center, retail space, or business. Contact us today and we’ll do some spring cleaning on those unsightly gum blotches before the summer arrives. We can even do the cleaning after hours so we don’t disturb your business. We have all the right tools and the expertise to make gum…gone!

Schedule Pressure Washing to Protect Your Exterior Walls

Anything exposed to the elements will start to develop damage over time. This applies to the metal fixtures on a building’s exterior as much as it does to a car’s body and frame. The same moss growing up the side of the tree in your parking lot will take hold along the side of your building. But regular power or pressure washing can keep your building looking like new. It can even help protect it and minimize expensive repairs. Here’s how:

Schedule Pressure Washing to Protect Your Exterior Walls from Organic Growth

Stop plants from taking root in porous exterior materials.

Concrete, brick, and wood are porous. Even if the wood surface feels smooth, microscopic holes and pores in the surface allow organic growth to hold onto the surface and develop roots or stickers. These small feelers can dig into the surface layer, forming new cracks and making the material crumble. Ivy, moss, and fungus can slowly eat through the surface, weakening the overall material and discoloring it. You can get the walls power or pressure washed, which use heat and pressure respectively, to clear out current buildups of organic growth. The deep clean also removes roots and stickers so the plants are less likely to take hold again.

Prepare the surface for a stain or topcoat.

If your building is in a particularly humid region or is adjacent to a wooded area, then regular pressure washing appointments can help keep the organic material at bay. But if you want to ensure seamless protection against the growth, a nonporous sealant can keep the walls even safer. Get the exterior pressure washed to deep clean and prepare the surface for application. The combination of a tight sealant and regularly scheduled washes offers a stronger defense against organic growth.

Whether you have moss that is discoloring the walls or stubborn ivy that is burrowing into the surface, it has no business being on your building. Go to 214 Pressure Washing to get it removed.