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A lasting impression for an East London school

27 July 2015

'Reverse graffiti' artwork at Rosemary Works School in Hackney showcases new EcoBlasting service from Rentokil Specialist Hygiene

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene has unveiled its new environmentally friendly graffiti removal service, called ‘EcoBlasting’, which cleans graffiti from walls and other surfaces quickly, effectively and without the use of harmful chemicals.

To launch the service, Rentokil Specialist Hygiene has partnered with Rosemary Works School in Hackney for a project combining graffiti removal and artwork. Year 3 children were challenged to create self-portraits, four of which were selected to be turned into basic outline stencils (measuring 1 metre x 1 metre). Using EcoBlasting, the children’s portraits have now been ‘cleaned’ onto a canal facing wall at the school, which had been subjected to graffiti in the past. After the EcoBlasting process was completed, all that remained were the images of Dolly, Gowan, Oscar and Matilda (all aged 8).

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene’s EcoBlasting service uses compressed air to blast environmentally-friendly abrasives, such as bicarbonate of soda or recycled glass, to remove layers of graffiti. Unlike alternative graffiti cleaning methods, EcoBlasting involves neither corrosive chemicals nor excessive amounts of water, giving it a far smaller environmental footprint. This method, which can also be used for the cleaning of fire and smoke damage, can be used on glass, wood, metal, brick and most stone surfaces (including soft stone, such as limestone, which would be eroded by acidic cleaner).

Luke Rutterford, Technical Manager at Rentokil Specialist Hygiene, comments: “It is widely recognised that graffiti can leave a negative impression for residents, passers-by or customers entering a building but, at the same time, its removal needs to be handled in an appropriate way. This new EcoBlasting service offers businesses, schools and other organisations a cost-effective and quick solution for removing graffiti from their property in a safe and environmentally friendly way.”

Rob Dell, Head Teacher at Rosemary Works School, adds: “It’s a great incentive for our pupils to see that their work can be turned into permanent pieces of ‘clean’ street art. We hope the many thousands of people that pass by the canal enjoy seeing these portraits as much as we have enjoyed creating them.”

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