How to restore old marble grave stones

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How to restore old marble grave stones
Some gravestones can be very sensitive to weathering and cleaning. (Getty Creative)

Tombstone builders use marble for several reasons. Marble is harder than limestone and sandstone, so it lasts longer. Though it is not as hard as granite, marble has patterns and grain that are visually appealing to many people, making it a good compromise between the hardiness of granite and the desire for aesthetics. Over time and due to the effects of weather, however, marble will need to be properly cleaned and restored to maintain its beauty.

Things you need

  • Pump sprayers
  • Water
  • Non-ionic detergent
  • Plastic scraper
  • Scrub brush
  • Calcium hypochlorite

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    Fill two pump sprayers with clean, warm water. In one of the sprayers, mix one ounce of non-ionic detergent per gallon of water. You can also use a bucket for this project, but the sprayer will make it easier to apply small amounts of water at a time.

  2. 2

    Saturate the stone with clean water from the sprayer. To avoid allowing soap to dry on the stone, keep the stone's surface wet at all times.

  3. 3

    Scrape away surface dirt and grime with a plastic scraper. Scrub at the surface with a soft-bristled scrub brush to remove tougher stains. Scrub in a circular motion to avoid leaving streaks on the stone.

  4. 4

    Soak the surface with the detergent-water mix and scrub with the scrub brush to remove all contaminants. Keep the surface wet at all times to avoid streaking.

  5. 5

    Rinse the surface with clean water. Apply a thin layer of calcium hypochlorite to the surface; this biocide will help to prevent growth of mould or mildew. Spread the biocide with your scrub brush and then rinse it off with clean water.

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