Cleaning gravestones at least once annually helps prevent decay and grime and keeps the memories of a loved one fresh. This video illustrates the cleaning process for easy comprehension. Before embarking on the cleaning process, collecting the required supplies based on the gravestone material is important.
Suppose the gravestone is made of bronze, granite, or marble. An individual will need to evaluate their condition first. Never use hard-bristle brushes on cracking, crumbling, or flaking gravestones. Avoid power washing, bleach, and scraping as well.
Marble, slate, and sandstone gravestones gradually fade after cleaning. As a result, they should be cleaned after every ten years. Start the cleaning process by soaking the gravestone using a bucket full of clean water or using a hose to spray water across the surface. Use non-ionic cleaning detergents to clean granite headstones. The recommended solution should be five gallons of water per ounce of non-ionic cleaning detergent. Apply the solution gently to the gravestone using a brush. Test the solution before applying it to guarantee excellent results. Scrub the headstone from bottom to top using a soft-bristle brush while avoiding flaking or scratched areas. Rinse the gravestone off with a bucket of water or hose until the cleaning solution clears off.