October 10th, 2022

Women's Euro Tournament Spurs Huge Graffiti Removal Project in Sheffield City Centre

Graffiti Removal Service Scores the Winner in Sheffield City Centre

The diverse, vibrant, university city of Sheffield, played host to four fixtures in the 2022 UEFA European Women’s Football Championship tournament. With tens of thousands of football fans arriving for the tournament, Sheffield City Council decided to tackle the scourge of graffiti in key areas of the city centre.

Graffiti Removal Service in Sheffield
Graffiti removal service removed from brick wall in Sheffield


Work began in June, before the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 matches kicked off in July. Phase one of the graffiti removal service focused on specific ‘problem zones’ identified by the council. This work was specifically aimed at uplifting areas in and around University Campuses before university open days and graduation events.

UEFA Women's Euro Tournament 2022
Graffiti Removal Service in Sheffield for Women's Euro Tournament


As a Women’s Euros Football host city, phase two was designed to present Sheffield to the world, in a positive light. Our graffiti removal service showed a ‘red card’ to significant amounts of graffiti from areas in and around fan zones, stadiums and routes to and from fan hotels and major transport infrastructure. In total, to date, we have removed over 3,000m² of graffiti – that’s enough graffiti scrawl to cover half a football pitch!

Offensive graffiti scrawl in Sheffield
Graffiti removed from wall in Sheffield City Centre


To safely remove this amount of graffiti, a Surface Solve Limited Street Cleaning Team, consisting of three operatives, used specialist high temperature, low pressure steam cleaning machines. Stubborn graffiti scrawl was first treated with an eco-friendly graffiti removal chemical, before being attacked with steam, then completely and safely removed. A third operative was employed to paint over graffiti on previously painted surfaces.

Graffiti on temporary shop front
Graffiti covered up with anti-graffiti paint in Sheffield


Phase three of the works helped to assist the city’s Covid-19 recovery plan for the High Street and retail areas. Our expert graffiti removal service targeted graffiti hotspots in and around key retail and hospitality streets in the city centre. Removing this offensive graffiti helped to make these areas feel clean, safe and welcoming to shoppers, potential students and football tournament fans alike.

Graffiti Removal Services in Sheffield City Centre
Graffiti Removed in Sheffield City Centre


Commenting on this extensive graffiti removal project, Go-Gum Managing Director Rob Dixon said: “Go-Gum Limited has been working within Sheffield City centre for over eight years now. Previously, we’ve helped with chewing gum removal and pavement washing, now we’ve tackled graffiti removal. Football fans and businesses in the city will have benefited greatly from our efforts in recent weeks and months.”

Graffiti on shop frontage
Graffiti and fly posters removed from shop front


Rob continued: “Whilst our Lionesses did us proud on the pitch winning the tournament, we like to think that we did our bit to improve the fan zones, stadium areas and retail zones of Sheffield city centre.”

Graffiti scrawl on boarded up shop front in Sheffield
Graffiti painted over on boarded up shop front