What Does Headstone Cleaning Actually Include? A Guide to Our Services
The Basics: Why Cleaning is Important
Dirt and mud, which can seep into the grooves of the stone over time and potentially cause discoloration (especially in marble) if left unattended.
Algae, lichen, or moss, which thrive in warm and moist conditions and are ikely to cause mold and mildew growth when untreated.
Animal droppings, which can potentially cause permanent staining
Plant sap, which can attract insects as well as mold.
Headstone Cleaning: the Dos
Completely soak the stone with clean water before applying anything else to it. This will prevent the stone from absorbing the cleaning solution and minimize the chances that it’ll penetrate the stone.
Keep the stone wet while applying the cleaning agent and rinse thoroughly when finished.
Once the cleaner is applied, use a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and debris accumulated on the stone without causing damage.
Use a soft, or low-pressure, washer; high pressure can cause erosion and breakage in the stone.
Use a gentle, natural cleaning solution that’s diluted with water (the cleaner-water ratio is specified on the cleaner).
Headstone Cleaning: the Don’ts
Bleach (diluted or not) is extremely harsh and can cause chemical reactions in stone that lead to decay
Mechanical cleaning with power tools or high-pressure washers can also weather away at the stone and severely damage it structurally.
Apply cleaner without testing it on a small patch of the stone first
Clean a headstone several times a year. Though this can sound like good maintenance, it can weather away at the stone. Save it for every few years, or whenever you see considerable debris piling up.
What is Soft Wash?
About A+ SoftWash
A+ SoftWash & Pressure Washing was founded with our consumers’ best interest at heart. We found homeowners were being advised to replace roofs, stucco, and siding only because they were dirty, not old and damaged. Contractors often recommend expensive remodeling projects, although your building materials still have remaining life. Maintaining clean surfaces with SoftWash will extend the life of your exterior facades for a fraction of the cost of replacing them.