Signs It’s Time to Have a Headstone Cleaned

Headstones are built to be resilient, preserving the memory of your loved one for decades to come. Typically made out of tough, durable granite, headstones are able to stay intact and legible even after sustaining a few years’ worth of debris and damage. With that being said, professional cleaning is the most effective way to preserve the appearance and structure of a headstone for as long as possible. Cleaning too often can be harmful to the stone, but allowing debris to pile up unchecked poses even more problems. How can you tell, then, that it’s the right time to call in a professional? In this post, we’re going over some of the biggest signs it’s time to have a headstone cleaned. Let’s check them out below.

Water Staining

Of course, constant exposure to the elements means that your headstone is susceptible to water staining caused by rain, puddles, and any other kind of stagnant water on its surface. Water stains can cause discoloration and are primarily an aesthetic problem. That said, excessive water staining can make a headstone difficult to read, and it can give way to more harmful stains caused by the growth of mold and mildew. If you notice water staining on your loved one’s headstone to the point that it’s difficult to read, consider having it professionally cleaned.

Mold and Mildew

It’s perfectly natural that mold and mildew begin to accumulate on a headstone after a while. With Florida’s warm, humid environment and a headstone’s ceaseless exposure to it, it’s only a matter of time. The question becomes when you should address the mold and mildew growth on a headstone. Though it’s never really too early to get rid of mold and mildew, a good rule of thumb is to contact a professional cleaning company when the growth is visible from afar – or if it makes the headstone illegible from closer up. Of course, you can always have mold and mildew cleaned off before they get to this point – but, when they do, it’s a surefire sign that it’s time for cleaning.

Rust

One of the other side effects of a headstone’s constant exposure to water is the buildup of rust. This is particularly true if a headstone contains any details or lettering in metal (especially iron or bronze). It’s always a good idea to nip rust buildup in the bud, as it can be quite harmful to the overall integrity of the stone. It’s a good idea to have headstones professionally cleaned when dealing with rust, as water can exacerbate the problem; professional companies have special solutions intended to remove and prevent rust buildup.
Headstones are built for resilience, making headstone maintenance something you won’t have to worry about very often. If you notice some of these signs it’s time to have a headstone cleaned, don’t worry – chances are it can be restored to an excellent condition with just one professional cleaning session. If you’d like to learn more or get a free quote on headstone cleaning, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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