Monuments and markers remain the private property of the family, and the responsibility for the care and maintenance of these memorials remain with the parties having possession, care and control of the lot. While a good quality granite monument will survive for centuries, marble, southern granite, and other materials may deteriorate due to our climate and air pollution.
Lichen and other biological growth and environmental staining on monuments can be effectively and safely treated to restore the stone’s beauty. Cleaning a monument takes patience and the right tools and proper cleaning agent. Household cleaning products are ineffective and can actually damage the stone. The rule is – do no harm!
Most modern gravestones are carved from granite which is a very hard and durable stone. Polished granite needs little more than water and a soft cloth to wipe away pollutants and other organic debris.
A steeled finished granite simply means the stone finish is not polished. Steeled finishes tend to collect pollutants on the surface and turn black over the years. Black stains may be cleaned with a product called D2 Biological Solution but to really remove the stain, you will need to use a mild acid-based cleaner. Cleaning must only be done with nylon bristled brushes and detailing must be done with wooden picks. Never use metal or anything abrasive on the stone.
Cleaning a gravestone helps to preserve it and keep it a legible, proper memorial. But remember to DO NO HARM!
Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers affordable, professional, monument cleaning services. If you would like a free assessment of your family’s monument and a quote for cleaning, please fill out the form below: