Graffiti Removal

Graffiti Removal Process

Each graffiti crew member in the graffiti program completes service requests and proactive removal within their respective geographical areas.

Graffiti crews remove vandalism 7 days per week. Crews work Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm, and one crew member works Saturday and Sundays from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Removal Techniques

Before graffiti is removed by our graffiti crews, the graffiti  image is captured using a GPS camera. The graffiti moniker is identified and logged in the Department database for tracking purposes.

Each graffiti work vehicle is equipped with a trailer mounted mobile pressure washer, paint, chemicals and additional removal tools.

Pressure Washing
Pressure washing equipment uses a combination of water and a solvent to remove graffiti from surfaces. A solvent is first applied and then the surface is washed with pressurized water. Each vehicle is equipped to recover the water runoff from this removal method.
Paint Over Methods
Paint is used to cover over graffiti on smooth, painted surfaces. It is low cost and paint is a relatively safe product compared to removing graffiti with some chemical solvents.
Chemicals and Solvents
This method is frequently used for the removal of graffiti from traffic signs, light poles and utility boxes. Solvent based cleaners are also used to remove adhesives from sticker graffiti. First the sticker and adhesive is scraped away, and the residue is removed with the cleaner.
Sand blasting
Sand blasting uses Air Resources Board (ARB) approved sand and walnut particles to remove graffiti from concrete surfaces such as light poles, concrete block walls and sidewalks. Sand blasting services are contracted out and utilized for heavy graffiti locations.

Did You Know?
Graffiti Stats Map
The City of Riverside removes graffiti within 24 hours!
Click here to see where graffiti was removed last month!

Citywide Graffiti Statistics

One of the best deterrents to graffiti is the rapid removal of graffiti vandalism. Rapid removal discourages taggers from returning to an area, keeping neighborhoods attractive and clean.

The 311 Call Center forwards all reported graffiti as removal service requests to the graffiti crews.

Quick Links
Other Graffiti Resources
Graffiti Clean-up Request
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From Outside Riverside
Call 951.826.5311

311 Requests: Submit | Track

General Information
3900 Main St. 4th Floor
Riverside, CA 92522

Phone: (951) 351-6128

Mon - Fri 7:30am - 5:30pm
Closed on Weekends and Major Holidays*
* Graffiti Removal Crews work 7 days per week
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