How to Clean Algae From Tombstones

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How to Clean Algae From Tombstones
Tombstones are available in various sizes, shapes, designs and price tags. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Water hose
  • Bucket
  • 1 tbsp non-ionic soap
  • Soft-bristled brush

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water and mix in 1 tbsp of non-ionic soap. Non-ionic soap is available at feed and farm stores, and is safe to use on marble, granite and other tombstone materials.

  3. 3

    Dampen a soft-bristled brush in the soapy mixture and begin scrubbing the tombstone gently. Scrub from top to bottom in a gentle circular motion.

  4. 4

    Rinse the tombstone clean with the water hose.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider saving rainwater in advance for tombstone cleaning. Rainwater does not contain chemicals as tap water does and is less likely to damage the tombstone.
  • Examine the tombstone for damage, such as flaking. Attempting to clean a severely damaged tombstone will cause more harm than good. Continue if the tombstone is in good condition.

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