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Memorial Headstone & Gravestone Restoration Service.

Covering The North Of Scotland

Headstone restoration

Memorial headstones, also known as gravestones or grave markers, are an important part of honouring and remembering our loved ones who have passed away. However over time, these headstones can become dirty and even covered in moss or other forms of vegetation which can look unsightly or difficult to read the headstone inscription. Cleaning a memorial headstone is a way to show respect and care for the deceased, and it can also help to preserve the headstone for future generations.

When cleaning a memorial headstone, it’s important to use gentle, non-abrasive cleaning methods. Harsh chemicals and rough scrubbing can damage the gold writing or even the headstone itself and make it harder to read the inscription. Instead, try using a soft sponge and a mild, biodegradable soap. A mixture of a water and vinegar solution can also be effective in removing dirt and grime.

Marble memorial headstone that needs to be cleaned and inscription re painted
Marble memorial gravestone that has been cleaned and inscription re painted

Memorial headstones, also known as gravestones or grave markers, are an important part of honoring and remembering our loved ones who have passed away. However over time, these headstones can become dirty and even covered in moss or other forms of vegetation which can look unsightly or difficult to read the headstone inscription. Cleaning a memorial headstone is a way to show respect and care for the deceased, and it can also help to preserve the headstone for future generations.

When cleaning a memorial headstone, it’s important to use
gentle, non-abrasive cleaning methods. Harsh chemicals and rough scrubbing can
damage the gold writing or even the headstone itself and make it harder to read
the inscription. Instead, try using a soft sponge and a mild, biodegradable
soap. A mixture of a water and vinegar solution can also be effective in
removing dirt and grime.

Marble memorial headstone that needs to be cleaned and inscription re painted
Marble memorial gravestone that has been cleaned and inscription re painted

Before And After Headstone Cleaning

Headstone cleaning while memorial headstone is erected in the cemetery.

Before starting the cleaning process, it’s a good idea to take a photograph of the headstone as it is currently. This will allow you to compare the before and after and see the difference that the cleaning has made. It’s also a good idea to check with the cemetery to see if they have any guidelines or recommendations for cleaning headstones.

To start cleaning the headstone, first, wet the surface of the headstone with water, preferably warm water if possible. This will help to loosen any dirt or moss that may be stuck to the headstone surface. Next, using a soft-bristled brush, gently scrub the headstone in a circular motion. Be sure to pay extra attention to any painted engravings or inscriptions, as these can be particularly damaged if they were to be cleaned with a hard brush.

Once you have scrubbed the entire headstone, use a clean damp cloth to wipe away any remaining dirt or soap. Be sure to rinse the cloth frequently to avoid spreading any dirt around. When you are finished, the headstone should be clean and free of dirt and grime.

Some people want to add a sealant to a gravestone however we would recommend against this, because by adding a sealant it does not allow the headstone to breath because it locks in the moisture which in turn leads to deterioration of the gravestone.

Cleaning a memorial headstone is a simple but meaningful way to show respect and care for our loved ones who have passed away. By using gentle, non-abrasive cleaning methods, we can help to preserve these important memorials for future generations.
However, if you are unable to clean the headstone yourself or if you just don’t have the time, please call us and we will be more than happy to help. You can see from some of the before and after photos above we have carried out.

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Gravestone that needs to be renovated and writing re gilded.
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Areas throughout The North Of Scotland we cover

Our dedicated team proudly serves all communities across The Highlands and North of Scotland inc. Tain, Dornoch, Invergordon, Dingwall, Alness, Inverness, Ullapool, Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus, Aviemore.

Sutherland & Caithness, Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale, Wick, Thurso, Tonge, Durness, Lochinver.

Moray, Nairn, Forres, Elgin.

And everywhere in-between.

Whether your loved ones headstone is in a local cemetery in these areas or elsewhere, our experienced monumental masons are committed to providing a meticulous headstone cleaning and restoration services, including re-gold lettering or re-painting the headstone whither the memorial is made from Granite, Caithness stone, Marble, or Sandstone.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you in preserving the memory of your loved ones.