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.