Common Tools Used When Cleaning Headstones
Headstones have been designed to withstand the elements and to provide visual testaments to the dearly departed. While they are indeed quite rugged thanks to the use of materials such as granite and marble, we still need to keep in mind that they will need to be cleaned from time to time.
Not only can this help to prevent damage, but such techniques will enable delicate elements such as inscriptions and images to remain fully intact. Let us therefore take a brief look at some of the most common tools which are used to clean these works of art.
The Personalised Touch
It should first be mentioned that the majority of headstones will be address by hand as opposed to using automated machinery. So, many of the associated tools are decidedly traditional in nature. Here are some common examples:
- Natural bristle brushes of varying sizes.
- A spray bottle filled with distilled water (in order to avoid any impurities).
- A common toothbrush
- A series of soft sponges for wiping away dirt and grime
- Wooden craft sticks (these are employed to remove stubborn lichen that may be present)
These tools will help to restore headstone inscriptions to their former glory. Still, the individual in question should possess a fair amount of training so that no mistakes are made along the way.
Properly maintained headstones have the ability to last for centuries at a time. This is why regular maintenance is always important. Although some cemeteries will perform these services, it is not uncommon to hire a third-party cleaning service.
Would you like to learn more about how specific varieties (such as Irish headstones) are cleaned or do you have any other questions? As always please feel free to contact us at your convenience.