How to care for a monument

After you buy a monument or headstone for a loved one, it’s important to take proper care of it. This article gives information on the best practices on how to care for a memorial.

Granite monuments are made to stand the test of time. Granite is a long lasting natural material which will last forever. Weather will naturally influence the appearance of any monument over a long period of time. With a granite monument being in the rain and other weather, it will naturally be washed by the rain. That’s why if you visit a cemetery, you’ll see that the granite monuments will continue to hold their appearance, while other monuments made of other materials might not hold up as long over time.

Because the rain will naturally wash a monument, sometimes using a simple cloth can help to clean any mud or other residue which may have collected on the granite monument. It’s typically not necessary to use any special cleaners or solvents on a memorial or headstone, although some people use Windex to give it a quick shine. Because a granite monument is a naturally porous material, you’ll see that the monument might look fractionally darker for a short period of time after a rain, as the monument collects small amounts of water.

A granite monument is very strong; on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, granite has a hardness of 7, which is below a diamond, rated a 10, and above most other minerals. Gold and silver, for example are a 2.5 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.

The best way to care for a monument is to simply make sure it is clean of mud or other debris, and to wash the outside with a cloth. Using a cloth can also remove any dirt or dust that may have collected inside any engraving as well. The good news is that a monument is made of granite, a naturally occurring material from the earth, so it’s made to last forever.