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Cleaning Memorials in the Cemetery

cleaning-a-memorialThe granite memorial you have purchased is a combination of the finest natural materials and modern craftsmanship. However, like any material exposed to the elements some maintenance is recommended. Memorials are exposed to airborne pollution, chemical residues from fertilizer and weed killers, and especially mineral deposits from water.

Never use waxes or polishes on the granite. Any window-cleaning agent, such as Windex, will bring up the natural luster by cleaning the surface of the stone.

Once or twice a year, perhaps on an anniversary, birthday or Memorial Day, use a solution made from three or four tablespoons of granular electric dishwasher detergent, such as Cascade, Electrosal or Sunlight, and one quart of water to scrub the memorial. A fiber-bristled brush (do not use plastic or metal bristle brushes) should be used and when the washing is completed, the memorial should be rinsed thoroughly. Take care not to get the solution in your eyes by wearing appropriate eye protection. It is best if this cleaning is done when the memorial is cool – early morning or late afternoon is best.

For heavy mineral deposits, the memorial can be cleaned with grill brick. 


  1. Wipe off memorial to remove any loose debris. This step is very important.
  2. Grill Brick should be used dry. Gently rub the grill brick on the polished surfaces in a light, circular motion. Do not try to clean in areas where the polish has been removed. The grill brick will slowly wear away while removing the surface buildup.
  3. Brush off the residue.

Things to know about your cemetery

Cemeteries have different rules and regulations regarding memorials. To make a wise purchase, you need to be aware of these regulations and how they affect your memorial purchase. Our experienced staff can help you make sure that all cemetery regulations are met so your choice of a memorial can be installed without delay.

Useful Links

Monument Builders of North America
Formed in 1906 to educate memorialists and give them a forum to exchange ideas and advancements of the industry.

California Monument Association
Since 1939, CMA has promoted quality memorialization and sought to protect the public’s right to purchase memorials from the source of their choice. 

California Department of Consumer Affairs, Cemetery and Funeral Bureau
Licenses and regulates California funeral directors, cemeteries and crematories. Publishes “Consumer Guide to Funeral and Cemetery Purchases.”