Prices of headstones will vary depending on complexity and the material used. Traditional stone will be a cheaper option than granite but we can discuss options to suit your budget.
It’s noteworthy that main cleaning works on memorial headstones are best left to be carried out by certified stonemasons - especially traditional stone. Our professionals are experienced at using the best-suited methods to ensure high-quality results. Granite is easier to clean and maintain but has a higher upfront cost ,which will need to be taken into consideration when deciding which material to go for.
To maintain the memorial headstones of your late loved ones, you can carry out some practices regularly. For polished or honed granite surfaces, you can just wipe with a soft, damp rag. From time to time, you can mildly wash the memorial with a light mixture of liquid soap and warm water. Use a very soft sponge to dab out letters regularly but make sure to not or scrub off letters. Thoroughly rinse off the memorial with clean, clear water. For stone and marble memorial heads, you can gently apply a mix of washing up liquid and water and leave for some minutes before dabbing out debris with a soft brush. You can then rinse off the memorial with clean, clear water. It’s important to do this regularly to avoid a build-up of stains. If possible, clear the bushes around the memorial headstones to prevent them from weathering a lot quicker than normal. You can use domestic bleach or other mild solution to clean a memorial stone regularly.
How long do headstone lettering colours last?
Lettering on upright memorials should last up to five years if properly maintained. You can have their inscriptions re-painted if they have faded over time. Lettering on flat memorials can last up to two years. This timing may be affected if the memorial is near trees, bushes as regular bush clearing will be required. Tablet memorials always wear out faster from the effect of the rain pooling in the lettering. It’s also likely that bird droppings will stain any kind of memorial headstones. Old ones may have been deeply ingrained with lichens and prove difficult to clean without scrubbing off the lettering. Ensure that the memorial is free of artificial flowers with wire supports as the dye in the petals and wire rusting could affect the stone. Same goes for wire-framed wreath and flowers with stamens that can stain the memorial headstone.
Although it’s very common for the lettering on a memorial to fade away over time, we at Stonemasons Bristol consider it to be unworthy of the memory of our buried loved ones. Faded lettering can be caused by severe weather changes and weed accumulation on the angel headstones. Our in-house crew of experts are trained to respond to your needs in this kind of condition. With our headstone and gravestone restoration services, we can repair faded memorial text. We use the best techniques to give the headstone or gravestone a detailed clean. We understand that when it comes to headstone cleaning, it is important to use the best methods to achieve it the right way. This is because the wrong application of cleaning chemicals can corrode the surface. This is why the job is best left to professionals like us. You can rely on our team of specialist to clean and restore your memorial headstones and give them a clean, clear look.