New Cleaning Product Restores Vandalized Street Art in Seconds

Researchers at the University of Florence in Italy have come up with an environmentally friendly way to restore vandalized street art without damaging the original paint. AmazeLab’s Johana Restrepo has more.

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JOHANA RESTREPO: Researchers at the University of Florence in Italy, have come up with an environmentally friendly way to restore vandalize street art. The new cleaning product, which removes unwanted graffiti from street art without damaging the original paint, will be available for purchase soon.

Researchers say, the hydrogel releases highly concentrated chemicals that slowly dissolve only the top layer of paint. Street art by famous and non-famous artists has become common in cities all over the world, some even becoming popular tourist attractions. Many however, have been ruined by unwanted graffiti.

According to SWNS, removing this is very time consuming and until now, the only way to restore street art was to use chemical cleaners and manual labor, like scraping or sand blasting. After dozens of tests, researchers found something that will work in a few seconds to dissolve and remove the top layer of paint, preserving the original masterpiece.