How to Clean a Bronze Grave Marker
Cleaning a Grave Marker Properly
While walking through the cemetery with my wife and daughter recently, I noticed a section of our cemetery that was completely flooded. I can’t remember a year when we’ve had this much rain in such a short period of time.
If you have purchased a memorial from a cemetery, and you went to visit recently and the grave site is a muddy mess, please be understanding with your cemetery. I know our staff is continuously working hard to keep our cemetery dry and the markers clean. The staff who is serving you does as well, though they may not always be able to keep up.
Seeing markers drenched in the elements, I can certainly understand the desire to take care of your loved one’s marker into your own hands, and it is your right to do so.
However, it is important to remember there is a safe way to keep the marker clean without risking damage to the protective clear coat.
Best Way to Clean Your Bronze Grave Marker
Step 1: Spray
Spray your bronze plaque with a mild soap (Example: Ivory® dish soap or Simple Green®) and water. Be sure not to let the soapy water sit too long.
Step 2: Wipe
Use medium pressure and a soft, lint-free cloth to carefully wipe away any dirt and debris.
Step 3: Scrub
If your bronze memorial is still dirty or grimey after cleaning with soap and water, use a soft bristled brush and specialized bronze cleaning product to scrub the bronze and clean the rest.
Step 4: Dry
Make sure the grave marker is completely rinsed off and free from all applied chemicals, dust and debris.
Step 5: Wax (Optional)
Apply a thin layer of wax (without silicone or other harsh chemicals) to help add to the protective coating. Lightly and gently buff the surface with a soft wax detailer.
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If you have purchased a memorial from a cemetery, and you notice the grave site is muddy, please be understanding with your local cemetery.
By following the above steps, family members can help to ensure the longevity of their loved one’s memorial while maintaining a beautiful place to visit.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do not use any harsh cleaning chemicals while cleaning a bronze memorial. Only use a mild soap (example: Ivory® dish soap or Simple Green®) and water. Be sure not to let the soapy water sit too long.
Be sure to only use a soft bristled brush along with a specialized bronze cleaning product to scrub the bronze and clean the rest of the plaque. A hard bristled brush can leave swirls or scratches on the face of the plaque.
Yes, you can apply a thin layer of wax (without silicone or other harsh chemicals) to help add to the protective coating. Lightly and gently buff the surface with a soft wax detailer.
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