The elements can wreak havoc on marble, granite and slate headstones and memorial monuments. Many Americans take a little time each year around Memorial Day to clean and refresh family headstones, especially the stones for those who have served in the military.

If you are looking to do a deep clean on your family monuments and markers, you can do basic upkeep of marble, granite and slate using the following tools.

DIY Headstone Cleaning Plan:

  1. A bucket
  2. Dishwashing liquid (do not use ammonia, vinegar, or lemon cleaners).
  3. Water – most cemeteries have spigots on site
  4. A soft toothbrush cleaning lettering and decorative carvings
  5. Rags or old towels for scrubbing
  6. Fiber-free white cloths for drying and buffing the headstone (cloth diapers or microfiber rags work great)

While there are many DIY solutions for gravestone cleaning online, our professional team can clean and restore your cemetery stones, veteran headstone markers and family mausoleums quickly, professionally and efficiently in time for Memorial Day.

At Boston Stone Restoration we take special care in professional cleaning and restoring stone common to New England cemeteries and memorials. We are especially good at restoring stone that is stained, suffering from the effects of pollution and/or organic growth.

Boston Stone Restoration can help with staining and grime such as:

  • Oxidation and environmental reactions
  • Grime & dirt
  • Algae, fungi, lichens, mosses
  • Stains including metallic, oils, etc.
  • Efflorescence (salts)

To set an appointment or get a quote call 781-793-0700 in MA, RI & NH or click here.