Over time, monuments and headstones do get dirty or stained by air pollution, hard irrigation water, tree sap, birds or any number of other sources. Properly cleaned, a monument can truly become a piece of memorial art.
Some tips on cleaning a monument:
- Use lots of clean water. It may take as much as 75 litres of water to clean an average monument.
- Never, ever use a pressure washer!
- Avoid soap or other chemicals.
- Saturate the monument thoroughly before and scrubbing.
- Use a fiber or nylon brush, not a wire brush.
- Begin brushing at the bottom with just water and elbow grease and work your way to the top.
- Rinse thoroughly with more clean water, and rinse again.
- Do not let the monument dry until you are finished rinsing.
- Some monuments will require more than one cleaning depending on how stained or dirty it is.
- Should you need a more effective cleaning, please see your local accredited stonemason for further advice or service.