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How to Clean Old Marble Tombstones



Most tombstones are made from marble or a similar stone, as this type of tombstone is both attractive and will withstand a lifetime of regular weathering and buildup. Occasionally, the outdoor elements deposits build up on the marble surface of the tombstone, and when you have an older tombstone that has been in an outdoor area for many years, the tombstone requires cleaning. By taking a few cleaning products to the cemetery, you are able to easily clean the old marble tombstone.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
2 gallons water
Cleaning bucket
Dish soap
Cleaning rags
Toothbrush

Fill a cleaning bucket with 2 tbsp. dish soap and 1 gallon w



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How to Clean Old Marble Tombstones
Most tombstones are made from marble or a similar stone, as this type of tombstone is both attractive and will withstand a lifetime of regular weathering and buildup. Occasionally, the outdoor elements deposits build up on the marble surface of the tombstone, and when you have an older tombstone that has been in an outdoor area for many years, the tombstone requires cleaning. By taking a few cleaning products to the cemetery, you are able to easily clean the old marble tombstone.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
2 gallons water
Cleaning bucket
Dish soap
Cleaning rags
Toothbrush

Fill a cleaning bucket with 2 tbsp. dish soap and 1 gallon w



How to Clean Marble Tombstones
Marble tombstones are a beautiful choice for marking the graves of loved ones. White marble tends to look dirty and stained after being exposed to the elements, however. One of the worst things you can do is to grab a household cleaner and a wire brush and start scrubbing. Cleaning marble headstones takes a gentle hand and patience.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Soft-bristled brushes
Soft piece of wood
Hand-pump sprayer or bucket
Sponges or rags
Non-ionic detergent
Toothbrush

Inspect the marble tombstone for damage. Look for flaking, crumbling, previous repairs, surface fractures and cracks. Don't try to clean the tombst



How to Clean Algae From Tombstones
A way to let people of the present and future know of a person's existence, tombstones mark the final resting place of our dearly departed. Since tombstones stay outside and deal with the elements, they will quickly become dirty and covered in a greenish growth. This growth is typically algae and can make the tombstone look dull and dirty. Fortunately, you can safely remove the algae and clean the tombstone with a few inexpensive items.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Water hose
Bucket
1 tbsp. non-ionic soap
Soft-bristled brush

Rinse the tombstone with a water hose. Push the algae off the tombstone with the pressure from the hos



How to Clean Moss Off Tombstones
Some people like the look of moss growing on a tombstone. It gives the tombstone an eerie and mysterious appearance, as if perhaps someone prestigious is buried there, but his family wants him to remain hidden from public view. Others dislike moss on a tombstone and search high and low for a solution to the moss-covered concrete. Cleaning moss off tombstones requires a little effort and a few cleaning supplies.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Hard-bristled brush
Short-handled broom
Toothbrush
Garden hose
Spray attachment
Bucket
Water
Sponge
1/2 cup bleach
1/2 cup laundry soap
Lint-free bath towel

Use a hard-



How to Clean Limestone Tombstones
Limestone and sandstone are the softest forms of stone used for tombstones, rating a 3 to 4 on the Mohs hardness scale. Limestone is high in salt and will react poorly to many cleaning chemicals. Normal fungal growths appearing on the tombstone does not warrant cleaning. Limestone is porous and the fungi will embed into the stone. Scraping the fungus away can cause damage to the tombstone.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll Need
Natural spring water
Non-ionic detergent
Natural or nylon soft-bristled brush
Soft-bristled toothbrush

Soak the tombstone with natural spring water. Sulfites from a well, or chemicals from tap water, can cause a react



How do I Repair & Clean Tombstones?
Cemeteries provide valuable information about our history, but the information on tombstones can be lost to weathering, pollution and other damage. An overgrown cemetery may seem like a good project for an amateur restorer, but it is possible to do more harm than good if you don't know the specifics of stone conservation. Leave major repairs and cleaning to a conservation professional, but there are things you can do to protect the tombstones in a cemetery from the effects of time.Difficulty:Moderately ChallengingInstructions Things You'll Need
Lawn mower and edger
Pruning shears
Cemetery map, if available
Notebook
Pencils
Camera
Bucket
Water
Soft-bristled b

How to Clean Moss & Lichens Off Tombstones
Tombstones in damp, overgrown cemeteries are likely to harbor moss and lichens. Moss is green and cushiony, while lichens are grayish-green and scurfy. Unlike lichens, however, moss grows rapidly and spreads across tombstones, eventually covering them completely. Although neither lichens nor moss damage tombstones, these growths may conceal name engravings in tombstone surfaces. Moss and lichens also detract from tombstones' aesthetic appeal. Carefully clean moss and lichens off tombstones using appropriate materials.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Soft-bristled brush
Pail
Spoon
1/2 cup household ammonia
Wooden Popsicle stick

Attempt t



How to Clean Cemetery Stone Markers & Tombstones
Cleaning stone markers and tombstones is a way to both contribute to the upkeep of a cemetery and give proper commemoration to those who have passed on. Tombstones and grave markers are an ancient method of identifying and memorializing those who have passed on. Such memorializing is undermined when the gravestone is covered with the debris of time and the elements. There are numerous ways you can clean a cemetery stone marker or tombstone. This method is one of the more effective, but requires energy and perseverance. Remember to wear clothes that you can get dirty.Difficulty:Moderately ChallengingInstructions Things You'll Need
Plastic gloves
Gallon of clear water
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The Best Way to Clean Marble
Marble, if cared for properly, is a beautiful addition to any home. Cleaning marble is not difficult; however, it is important to learn the best way to clean marble, or you could damage it. Maintenance Cleaning for Your MarbleThe best way to clean your marble is just to wipe it with a damp cloth and then wipe it dry. If you are trying to get dirt or dust off, you can use a mild detergent such as a dish detergent a few times per year.
Cleaning Stains From Your MarbleThe first step in cleaning your marble is to determine what kind of stain you're dealing with. Different stains require different cleaning techniques. Treat stains as soon as you see them, and you'll have a much easier t
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How to Clean a Marble Tub
Marble tubs are manufactured from crushed limestone and polyester resin. A gel finish coats a marble tub to produce a durable, transparent surface, which is resistant to normal wear. Marble tubs resist stains due to their non-porous surfaces, but they still need to be frequently cleaned to remove soap scum and dirt. Properly cleaning a marble tub is necessary for maintaining the tub's surface. Never use harsh abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the surface of the marble tub.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
3 tbsp. dishwasher detergent
1/2 cup bleach
Soft brush
Thick towel

Fill the marble tub with warm water. Pour 3 tbsp. of di


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How to Clean Wax Off Marble
Wax candles add beauty and warmth wherever they are placed. If someone bumps into a wax candle, you may end up with liquefied wax spilled on your marble surface. Use caution and care when removing wax from marble. With supplies found in your home, you can carefully remove wax stains and restore your marble surface to its pre-stained condition.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll Need
Hair dryer
Clean towels
Used dryer sheet
Dishwashing detergent
Water
Bucket
Sponge

Melt wax with a hair dryer.1950s hair blow dryer image by Scott Williams from Fotolia.comAim a hair dryer at dry, hardened wax stains, using the low or medium setting. Melt


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How to Clean Marble
Do you have marble that you want to clean but are not sure what to use? When you clean certain materials such as marble you must be extra careful. If you read on the back of many cleaners they specifically say not for use on marble. So what do you do? Read on to learn how to safely clean marble:Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Soft sponge
Dish-washing liquid (no bleach)
Water
Soft clothe or towel
Bowl or spray bottle

Mix a few drops of dish-washing liquid and warm water in a bowl or spray bottle. Make sure the spray bottle is clean before mixing the solution.
Saturate a sponge in the bowl of warm soapy water or spray the marble area


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How to Clean a Marble Hearth
Marble provides an elegant surrounding for any fireplace. This widely used natural stone requires gentle cleaning to maintain its beauty and shine. Marble is a soft stone vulnerable to etching and corrosion. Use only pH-balanced and nonabrasive cleaners to avoid damaging your marble hearth.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Vacuum with attachments
Bucket
Stone cleaner or dish soap
Sponge
Towel

Vacuum any dust or soot from the marble hearth using a hose or soft brush attachment. This will prevent the particles from scratching the marble during wet cleaning.
Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water and 1 to 2 tbsp. of stone c



How to Clean Antique Marble
Antique marble lends an elegant touch to any home. Available in a variety of colors such as white, black, red and purple, this natural stone has been used as a building material since ancient times. The Marble Institute of America warns against using any strong acidic or basic cleaners on marble surfaces, as they can dissolve the natural stone on contact. Keep your antique marble in excellent condition with a gentle soap-based cleaner.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Bucket
2 to 4 drops dish soap (non-lemon)
Sponge

Add two to four drops of dish soap to a bucket. Fill the bucket with ½ gallon of warm water.
Dip the sponge in the bucket



The Best Way to Clean Cultured Marble
Cultured marble is used in many homes as a surface for anything from countertops to molding accents. While browsing the cleaning product aisle of your grocery store, you will quickly notice the expensive cleaning products that are designed to be used on the cultured marble surfaces around your home. The best way to clean cultured marble, however, is to use your own inexpensive cleaning solution that you can make for a low price using household ingredients.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Vinegar
Dish soap
Spray bottle
Sponge
Squeegee
Towel

Pour equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Add three drops of liquid dish soap to



How to Clean a Marble Gravestone
Gravestones are exposed to all the elements, which often results in plant growth, including algae and moss, overtaking the stone. This plant life is not only unattractive, but also harmful. Older gravestones are especially vulnerable, as plant life can cause breakage and chipping. Marble gravestones can be cleaned using a few simple steps and some ordinary supplies.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll Need
Goggles
Gloves
Pump sprayer
Non-ionic detergent
Natural-bristle brush
Rags

Put on protective gloves and goggles.
Spray the marble gravestone with clean water from a pump sprayer.
Cover the gravestone with a non-ionic detergent. Al



How to Clean a Marble Tabletop
Marble table tops not only look great, but they are also extremely durable. Although marble is durable, it can be damaged if it is not properly cared for. Acidic and abrasive cleansers and cleaning tools can alter or even destroy the surface of your marble table top. That being said, you don't need any special cleanser to clean marble. In fact, it is likely you already have all the things you need to clean marble tucked away in your cupboards.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Baking soda
Small bucket
Mixing spoon
Soft cloths
Chalk

Pour 1 quart of warm water into a small bucket. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Stir the soluti



How to Clean a Marble Bust
Marble, a soft but shatterproof stone made of limestone and calcite, has been used in sculpture since the time of the ancient Greeks. Marble busts, whether made of natural marble or cultured marble (marble fortified with binding agents) are a lovely accent for a home's décor, and require very little maintenance to keep them looking brand new. If your marble bust gets dusty or dirty, however, some gentle cleaning and polishing will restore its original luster.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Liquid dishwashing detergent
Wet sponge
Old soft toothbrush (optional)
Sink or basin with clean water
2 clean soft cloths
Acrylic paste wax
Clean
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How to Clean Marble Floors
Marble may add a fantastic touch of class to your home, but it is hardly maintenance-free. But if you clean your marble properly and carefully, it will continue to grace your home for years to come.

The Best Way to Clean and Polish Marble
Marble can improve the look of a home with its smooth, shiny appearance. If you fail to maintain marble properly, it will lose its natural glow and appear dull and dirty. To make sure that your marble floor, counter or other surface remains in top condition, you will want to clean it as part of your regular house cleaning regimen. If it begins to appear dull, you will need to polish it as well. Marble Floor MaintenanceMarble floors typically receive more exposure to dirt and dust than other marble surfaces, due to the fact that people constantly walk on them. Make sure to sweep the marble floor regularly and wipe it with a dry dust mop to remove collected dirt and dust. Sand and dirt do t

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