Monument Cleaning

Monuments can become dirty or stained by air pollution, hard irrigation water, tree sap, birds or any number of other sources.  Properly cleaned, a monument will be truly a fine piece of memorial art.

Some tips on cleaning a monument:

  • Use lots of clean water.  It may take as much as 20 gallons to clean an average monument.

  • Do not use a pressure washer.

  • Do not use any soap or other chemicals.

  • Get the monument thoroughly wet before cleaning.

  • Use a fiber or nylon brush, not a wire brush.

  • Start cleaning at the bottom with just water and elbow grease and work your way up to the top.

  • Rinse thoroughly with more clean water.

  • Do not let the monument dry until you are finished rinsing.

  • Some monuments will require more than one cleaning depending on how stained or dirty it is.

  • Should you need a more effective cleaning, please see your local MBNA monument builder for further advice or service.



Remembering should be beautiful, functional, and accessible. Remember the people you love, in the places you love!

Stone is polished by hours of work by a skilled craftsman. There is no "coating" that is applied. The beautiful, nearly permanent shine on memorials is created by a series of diamond impregnated pads, water, and a skilled craftsman. If the polishing process is done incorrectly, the stone can overheat causing the stone surface to prematurely crumble.

Why do we choose to remember? Because remembering is beautiful and ennobling.

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