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How do you clean a Gravestone?

How To Clean A Gravestone

It is easy to tarnish or scratch a gravestone, and it's for this reason that it's so important that it is kept clean. The best way to complete a gravestone cleaning is to use a soft-bristle brush, a craft stick, or even a plastic scraper. Never use a wire brush or an abrasive pad, and try to avoid cleaning with anything that contains sodium bicarbonate. Water and a soft brush are the way to start, and you should never scrub too hard, either. Work methodically in small and gentle circles; pressing too hard can cause a lot of damage if you're not careful enough.

What To Use To Clean A Gravestone

Other than good old fashioned water and a soft-bristle brush, you may - on the rare occasions - need a solution called D2. Always do a small test on the gravestone first to check there would be no further damage, but otherwise, warm water without detergents should do the job. You can use cotton buds for the inlays and engravings, and always use clean rags to dry it off after cleaning.

The Importance Of Cleaning A Gravestone

Over time, headstones and gravestones wear out. They become blemished and marked, and the onslaught of dirt and grime needs cleaning. Keeping a gravestone fresh is a respectful way to honour the dead, and it's an excellent way to ensure that you have a new look at all times.

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