This time, with Palm Sunday and Easter just behind us, I thought I would talk a little about the cleaning and maintenance of memorials. This concerns, in the main, any type of stone which does not have an entirely polished surface.
‘Before cleaning, and after’
Highly polished granite and most slate will resist the ravishes of time quite nicely. However, stone such as Forest of Dean, unpolished or rustic granite and Italian marble will, over time, succumb not only to surface staining but also to various types of lichen that may even penetrate deep down into the stone itself.
We can make a very marked difference in the appearance of these memorials. I remember one customer proclaiming his newly cleaned marble memorial to be ‘the Taj Mahal’ of Bedwellty, indeed there was such a marked improvement he walked past the memorial several times before realising his mistake.
Having said this, such results are dependent on the quality of the material, the exposure of the site and the time since last cleaning. We always try and leave customers with the advice they need to maintain the memorial at a high standard in the future and we can arrange a maintenance contract if this is required.
If you would like to have a memorial cleaned please contact me and I will be happy to provide you with a free estimate for your memorial.
Freephone 0800 1950 466 or email here.
Please remember to ask about our discount for past and present members of the Armed Forces