Minneapolis is asking residents to take graffiti clean-up into their own hands, literally.

City fire stations are offering free graffiti removal solvent, with instructions on how to use it on the city's website.

"Left alone, graffiti attracts more graffiti," city officials said in a press release.

The city reported 8,000 graffiti cases that cost over $1 million.

Before cleaning it, residents should report the graffiti to the city using the city's 311 smartphone app, where they can upload a picture with GPS coordinates. Residents can also call 311.

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