Tales of Time
This is after the mature lichen had been removed. At this point I took water, nothing added to it, and poured a small amount across the top. The water did loosen some of the growth enough for me to continue with my little stick. Keep in mind it does take a little work.
Unfortunately, I was not well prepared. The water was an after-thought, so I used my drinking water. Next time I will take a gallon of water. Also, needed are paper towels or soft rags.
It is looking better. For the final results, Click here.
If you are planning on cleaning a gravestone, I highly recommend you visit the web site: The Association For Gravestone Studies.
The following is taken from The Association For Gravestone Studies.
brushes, metal instruments, abrasive pads (Scotchbrite, Brillo, Steel wool)
or acidic cleaners (especially on marble or limestone!)
cleaners: soap (Ivory),
detergents (liquid or powder), Borax, Clorox, TSP, Calgon, Fantastik,
Formula 409, Spic and Span (or any other abrasive cleaner).
The use of improper cleaning materials and practices can cause serious
and irreparable damage to gravestones! Make
sure the stone is stable before attempting to clean it - no flaking,
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