Monument Cleaning

Monuments can become dirty or stained by air pollution, hard irrigation water, tree sap, birds or any number of other sources.  Properly cleaned, a monument will truly be a fine piece of memorial art. Monument cleaning is best left to the professionals, but if you need to clean one yourself, you will find some tips below that can help:

  • Use lots of clean water. It may take as much as 20 gallons to clean an average monument.
  • Do not use a pressure washer.
  • Do not use any soap that contains ammonia or petroleum based chemicals.
  • Get the monument thoroughly wet before cleaning.
  • Use a fiber or nylon brush, not a wire brush.
  • Start cleaning at the bottom with just water and elbow grease and work your way up to the top.
  • Rinse thoroughly with more clean water.
  • Do not let the monument dry until you are finished rinsing.
  • Some monuments will require more than one cleaning depending on how stained or dirty it is.