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How to Clean a Headstone?

How to clean a headstone, cemetery monument?

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What is the best way to clean a headstone so that you could read the inscription and maintain its good condition?

Headstones are usually made of granite and stone, and pollutants can dull its natural luster. Worse yet, an accumulation of tree sap, bird droppings, algae and dirt can stain, and even shorten a headstone’s life span. So if you have at least one that you’re responsible for maintaining, you need to know how to properly clean cemetery headstones.

First, you must determine what type of material the headstone is made of. Headstones are usually made from granite and marbles, and also metals (typically bronze) or other long lasting materials.

Then, another important thing is to inspect the condition of the headstone. Be sure the stone is stable. If the monument is very old, or if it’s part of a special area of the cemetery grave marker, such as in a military section, then don’t attempt to clean it. Instead, contact the cemetery association to see what can be done. They may be able to recommend a certified conservator who can do the job for you.

Otherwise, if the headstone is in good condition, just proceed on by doing a test run.

Note: Remember – No matter what material the headstone is made of, never clean it by using a high pressure washer, strong cleaning chemicals or abrasive, wire or metal scrubbers or scratchers.

Choose the right tool for cleaning headstones. Light soil on headstones can be cleaned off with just a light washing and water. To deal with more stubborn grime, you can use a soft-bristled brush and a mild cleaner. Avoid using household cleaners that contain sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride, sodium sulfate or ammonium carbonate. These chemicals can create salt deposits on the grave marker. Choose a product that’s biodegradable, non-corrosive and not abrasive.

Now, choosing a low, inconspicuous spot on headstone, scrubing the spot with the mild cleaner to play the "test run". Rinse it well with water, then inspect the spot to make sure the cleaner didn’t discolor, scratch or otherwise harm the surface of the headstone.

If a first application doesn’t completely remove the grime, repeat the process again. Just keep in mind that some grime can actually stain the stone and not be removed by cleaning it. Especially if the stone has never been cleaned, or if has been a long time since it’s last cleaning.

Note: Not only is it important to completely rinse cleaning solutions off of the monument, it’s also important to flush the cleaners away from it too. Because, since a headstone is set directly on the ground, and it’s made of a porous material, it naturally wicks up whatever is in the ground around it -cleaning solutions, herbicides, water – whatever.

If the monument has a nasty accumulation of algae or fungus on it, you may need to mix up a cleaning solution of household ammonia and water. Wear proper eye protection before you begin to work with the household ammonia. Then, mix together a quarter cup of ammonia in a quart of water. Then pour the mixture into a spray bottle to use it. Spray and scrub the algae or fungus, then rinse the area with plenty of water. Repeat the process if the first application didn’t do the job.

How to Buy a Headstone?

How to buy a headstone, things need to be considered?

When a loved one has passed away we are left with a terrible void in our lives. To commemorate the one we so dearly miss, we ned to design and buy a headstone for that person. Sometimes, after losing a loved one, the task of headstone selection may seem to be overwhelming. We attempts to make the task of buying a headstone become simple.

Before shopping for a headstone, make sure to consider the following three factors:

  1. If the burial is to be in a family plot, is a headstone already in place?
  2. Did the deceased specify what sort of headstone, if any, he or she wanted?
  3. Does the cemetery have specific guidelines or restrictions about what styles or materials that can be used for grave markers? Some cemeteries specify that only metal or stone plaques be placed on the grave which are flush the ground to give a more garden-like appearance, others are particular that all of the tombstones match either exactly or are of similar style, material or construction.

You can purchase a headstone by looking around near cemeteries or funeral homes or online. The Internet provides a convenient and greate way to customize or design a headstone by previewing of your grave marker before you buy it.

Step 1: Choose the cemetery location

Pick a cemetery that is a convenient distance for the majority of family members to visit. If family members are spread out, consider the person’s hometown. Or you can pick a cemetery that other family members are buried at. If the deceased has expressed a verbal or written wish on where they wish to be buried, make every attempt to honor that request. If that cemetery is not possible, try a close alternative.

Step 2: Find out if the cemetery allows traditional headstones or memorials on the grounds

The type of accepted grave marker may affect your choice.

Step 3: Contact a manufacturer of headstones and send the inquiry

Go to the grave markers company personally or look at photos of grave markers the manufacturer provides online.

Step 4: Select the material for the headstone

Granite and marble are considered to be the best option due to it’s extreme weather resistance and availability in many colors and stone patterns. But you may also choose bronze headstones.

Step 5: Choose the type, size and shape of grave stone you desire

Remember that many cemeteries have limitations regarding headstone type and size. The monument company should review these limitations for you before you order the stone.

Step 6: Determine what information will appear on the stone

Most monument companies include a certain number of letters or words in the price of the stone, but if you want more information, more elaborate carving, or pictures to appear on the headstone, you will have to pay more.

Step 7: Approve the final layout with the headstones company

Before the information is carved into the stone, you will need to approve the design on paper.

Allow four to six weeks for completion of the carved stone. Check the marker to be sure all information is correct. Have the stone set. Either the monument company or the cemetery will be responsible for setting the stone, but you will have to pay an installation fee regardless of who sets it.

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