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Tombstone Cleaning
There is a lot of false information out there concerning the cleaing of tombstones. I have even seen some people posting links to their money making schemes of how to get rich by cleaning tombstones. One must be very careful when dealing with these old monuments. The most important thing to remember is that by improperly cleaning any tombstone, you can cause irreparable damage to the stone. Tombstones are made of various materials, and what is ok for some stones is not recommended for others. A lot of knowledge is required in order to properly clean tombstones, and therefore cleaning tombstones is best left to the professionals.

Never clean any tombstone of anyone to whom you are not the next of kin. If you attempt to clean a tombstone and damage it by doing so, it is tantamount to vandalism. Never use a pressure washer. A pressure washer is too high powered and can easily damage many stones. Never use bleach or harmful chemicals including shaving cream. Never use metal gadgets to scrap stones, not even your keys or a nail file.

Amateurs are only recommended to clean a stone by using water and a small soft bristled brush, such as a toothbrush. Do not use a brush with dyed bristles, because this can stain a stone. Only use minimal amounts of pressure when trying to clean a stone. It's better to take your time and go slowly rather than risk damaging the stone by rushing and doing something wrong.