Do not put a candle on your memorial unless it is first placed in a holder or container. A stain from this is very difficult ot remove. We suggest using only approved containers for remembrance candles. Some people prefer to pay for the less expensive glass candles, but these tend to overheat and create carbon to build up through the dome of the candle and eventually ruins the housing including the bolts, etc. We suggest only candles that come in the plastic containers.
Mylar balloons should be kept away from your memorial. If the balloon touches and stays in contact with your memorial, the sun may heat up the cellophane which can transfer an impression onto your stone. This stain is hard to remove.
Do not use any acid or harsh cleaners on your memorial. These products may dull the polish and shine of your memorial. Avoid using any cleaning product with an oil base or bleach.
If you put a wreath on your memorial, use string to hang it. Wire may rust and leave a stain on the memorial. Rust can sometimes be removed from the unpolished part of the granite, but is very difficult to remove from the polished part.
Be aware that lipstick will leave an oil stain on the memorial. Please refrain from kissing the memorial with lipstick, lip balm or lip gloss on your lips.
If you have flower vases on your memorial, remove the vase liners in the winter time. If water freezes in the liners it will cause them to crack and possibly get stuck in the vase itself. Also be sure to keep any granite vases clear of any debris from the hole in the bottom of the vase.
It is our recommendation that you clean your memorial at least once a year with a mild dish detergent and a soft bristle brush, thoroughly rinsing the memorial upon completion. Make sure the water you use does not have any rust in it. If it does, it may stain your memorial.
Geraniums and most red plants such as impatience can bleed into the granite and leave a permanent stain. If using such flowers, please keep them away from the Memorial.
If you own a bronze marker, we suggest cleaning it with a soft towel and Pledge cleaner, periodically to keep the shine. Bronze markers are made to age over years and they develop a condition called PATINA which turns the marker green. The only way to remove this is to have the bronze totally recast at a more costly expense. Patina is the natural aging process of bronze, and although some people think it is beautiful, some people do not.
Black granite can be very well kept by using Windex and a soft cloth or Windex Wipes which now come in packages. If you have a black grass marker, please be sure to clean the grass off of it occasionally, for the grass will and can eat away at any black and white or color etching scene. Keep your marker looking nice by trimming the grass around it to prevent the weeds and grass from growing over it.
In general, be careful what you place on your memorial. Keep in mind that some granite is naturally porous. Do not place anything on your memorial that could freeze or melt. Those processes could result in a stain on your memorial.
If you ever have a question as to what to use on your memorial, contact the place where you bought your memorial, or give us a call.