A FIRM has suggested a solution to Huddersfield's graffiti problem.
Cleaning product distributor Branova has suggested that soda-blasting could be used to wipe out graffiti.
Mr Keith Barnes, chairman of the Carlton Road, Dewsbury, firm, said the technique was fairly new in the UK. Household- strength bicarbonate of soda was used, coupled with compressed air.
A portable machine sprays the mixture at the surface.
When the soda and air hit the surface, a mini-explosion is created, which lifts off surface dirt and coatings.
It also works well with chewing gum, he added.
Mr Barnes said the process would not damage surfaces.
But it is not as effective on inks that soak deeper into walls.
Branova makes soda-blasters called Knightrum.
The company saw the machine at a trade fair and bought the rights. It originated in the USA.
Soda-blasters cost around £5,000 and Mr Barnes said several councils, including Calderdale, had bought them.
Branova started a graffiti cleaning service six months ago. It recently tackled graffiti at Castle Hill, to show the new product.
Mr Barnes said even if people did not buy his product, he was keen to promote soda-blasting.
The firm is keen to work with Kirklees Council or businesses which might be interested in using the technique to clean up Huddersfield.
Phone Branova on 01924 486000 or visit www.graffitiknight.co.uk
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