Headstones that loved ones carefully choose are designed to stand the test of time. The materials used for headstones are picked because of their ability to withstand the weather and stand as a monument to loved ones. However, all headstones and memorials will eventually start to see some wear and tear. Especially once they’re decades old and have been sitting out in the weather and elements through all of that time. That’s where we come in and work our Headstone Preservation magic.
Headstone preservation can be tricky, and it’s best to leave it to the professionals. We take many headstone preservation steps when we are hired to ensure that everything is done safely and correctly.
Examining The Existing Headstone
First, we carefully examine the existing headstone. It’s imperative first to make sure the tombstone is structurally sound before beginning any preservation processes. We may tap the surface of the monument, looking for hollow areas. We check for signs of damage like flaking, scaling, or erosion. These can all be signs of severe damage.
Examining The Soiling On & Around The Headstone
We look carefully at the kind of soiling on and around the headstone or monument. What could be superficial dirt may also contain fungi, mosses, lichens, soot, urban grime, metallic stains, salts, oils, or other detrimental materials. Knowing what kind of soiling there is will help us come up with a game plan.
Starting With Lighter Cleaning
We like to start with a light cleaning because (1) it may give us a better view of the soiling on and around the headstone, and (2) why bring out the big guns before their time?
By starting with the least aggressive cleaning solution first, we can also test the stone more.
At Monument Solutions, we know how to clean each type of stone appropriately because we’ve been doing this for so long.
Before we even begin, we test our cleaning methods in a small, inconspicuous area to ensure they will work effectively without damaging the monument.
Considering The Weather For Headstone Preservation Processes
We don’t clean or try to preserve monuments when there’s the possibility of freezing or frost within the next several days. It may take some time for any water or solutions to evaporate from the pores of the stone and the area surrounding the headstone. If that water freezes, it could cause damage to the monument or the surrounding area.