Granite headstones

How To Care For a Granite Memorial?

Granite is arguably the most popular stone used for making cemetery monuments. It can withstand the elements without losing its original appeal. Granite headstones are known to last for generations without cracking or breaking. You can extend its lifespan and ensure that it looks as beautiful as new, even after decades, by ensuring regular cleaning and maintenance. Here are some super simple tips that will help you clean your loved one’s memorial properly and care for it: 

Inspect the stone  

Before you start cleaning your loved one’s memorial, inspect the stone thoroughly and ensure that there are no cracks or other signs of damage. If the stone is cracked or chipped, it is best not to try to clean it, as you may end up causing more damage. Be extremely gentle in cleaning to avoid further damage. It is best not to take matters into your own hands and leave the repair and cleaning to the professionals.  

Use proper cleaning supplies. 

Sometimes, cleaning can do more harm than good to the monument, i.e., when you use the wrong cleaning supplies. If you use a wire brush to clean the monument, even the toughest stones will suffer damage. No matter how much dirt is deposited on the monument, do not use a wire brush or harsh cleaning agents to clean it off. Most household cleansers are acidic in nature and can damage the stone permanently.  

You can use plain water, a gentle toothbrush, and a microfibre cloth to clean a granite monument. You may use a very gentle, non-abrasive cleanser as long as you are sure that it won’t damage the surface. Once you have cleaned the memorial stone, rinse it off nicely using a lot of water. Then, wipe the surface dry using a microfibre cloth.  

Work from the ground up, using gentle motions. 

When cleaning the granite memorial, keep in mind that you should clean it from the bottom up. This ensures that all the dirt, debris, moss, or lichen does not run down the stone continuously. When you clean from top to bottom, there are greater chances of staining as debris keeps building up. Apart from the direction of cleaning, another thing to keep in mind is to use gentle orbital motions. This will ensure that you apply even pressure across the stone and there is no unnecessary damage. Do not scrub the surface hard, even if there is a lot of dirt accumulated that doesn’t seem to come off. 

Repair and renovations of granite headstones 

Always keep an eye out for chipping, flaking, and other forms of damage and deterioration. The moment you notice any signs of damage, do not attempt cleaning or DIY repairs, as you may end up doing more harm than good. It is always worth asking a professional for help. The sooner the damage is identified, the easier it is to repair it. The more you delay it, the more likely it is that it will need expensive repairs.  

If the headstone has stubborn stains that won’t go away with general cleaning or there is moss or lichen growth, it is best not to do anything and leave it to the professionals.  

Granite headstones are beautiful and long-lasting. By following these tips, you can ensure that the memorial retains its beauty through the years. Regular maintenance and proper care of granite headstones can prevent potential damage and prolong their lifespan. Taking the time to care for your loved one’s memorial can also bring peace of mind and comfort during a difficult time.

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