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What's the best way to clean an old gravestone?

Cleaning a gravestone can be a difficult task. That's why we've put together this guide on the best ways to clean a gravestone. We'll advise you on how to remove dirt, stains, and even graffiti from your loved one's final resting place.

Even though natural stone is a very hard substance, it can be scratched or damaged if it is not cleaned gently. We advise using only soft bristle brushes and mild stone cleaning solutions. The use of metal brushes, or scrapers, even harsh plastic scrubbing brushes, can permanently mark and damage the original finish.

We hope that our guide will help make the process of cleaning your loved one's gravestone easier for you.

Gravestone before restoration and cleaning
Before gravestone cleaning and restoration

Ideal methods to clean a grave marker

  • Sandstone - gently clean using water with neutral detergent, use a biocide solution to help remove and organic growth.
  • Marble or limestone - Use clean water with a neutral detergent, biocide solution, ammonia hydroxide or household ammonia and water solution ( it is advisable to wear protective clothing and work in a well-ventilated area).
  • Aged granite - clean water, neutral detergent, biocide solution.
  • Modern polished granite - clean water, neutral detergent, biocide solution.
  • Modern unpolished granite - as with polished, plus scratch-free household cleaner (must not contain bleach)

What is a neutral detergent?

Gravestone after restoration
After gravestone cleaning and restoration

What is a Biocide solution?

Biocide is a chemical substance that can kill or deter unwanted microorganisms, and prevent algae growth.

Once you have cleaned the headstone or gravestone it should be good for another decade. However, if you are not getting the desired result you may need a professional stone restoration to have a look at it.

Our stone masonry team can assist with all your stone restoration and memorial requirements around Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, we have years of experience and extensive knowledge of the industry. Contact MMS Memorials at 07 3265 5433 or simply just enquire online today.