My mother's headstone has some tiny dark flecks in the area that was
engraved. The engraved area is lighter in color and not polished to a
high sheen like the rest of the stone.
It's 17 years old, so it does need a cleaning, but I don't want to use
something that will damage or discolor the stone.
Any input is greatly appreciated!
I don't know how to clean a headstone, but I have granite countertops. I
use Soft Scrub on tough spots. Just be sure to rinse.
I also want to say that I'm sorry about your mom. I lost mine 34 years ago
and sometimes it hurts like it was yesterday.
I'm sorry [and awed] to hear this. I gather you two had a wonderful
My mother and I were strangers. Her death didn't affect me much. I do
remember thinking, "This is supposed to hurt!" Somehow, I resented the
fact that it was painless.
I'm certain your mother would not want you to hurt so badly--but I
suspect she would understand. Peace be with you.
Some trees are ever green.
My father-unit's and Sainted Mother's headstones are polished
stone, too. The cemetery's caretaker suggested a drop of mild soap
and cup water scrubbed with a soft-bristle toothbrush would erase
the years and city grime from the recessed letters.
We perform this service every few years.
After several scrubbing and rinsing sessions, I've realized the
discoloration is due to mildew. It looks a lot better than it did and
I still need to use more elbow grease, but the mild dish soap in a
spray bottle of water and toothbrush seem to be doing the trick.
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