Asked on Apr 27, 2016

How to clean and polish bronze head stones in a cemetery???

by Sandra
I'm not sure if they have faded, don't think they have any green on them?? Surely someone has come across this problem???
  7 answers
  • William William on Apr 27, 2016
    General Purpose Bronze Cleaner: Salt, Vinegar, and Flour. Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup white vinegar. Add enough flour to make a paste. Apply paste to bronze and let sit for 15 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse with clean, warm water, and polish dry. You can spray with a UV protective clear coat to slow down the oxidation process.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Apr 27, 2016
    First check with the management of the cemetery to be sure you're allowed to clean as some properties have restrictions on maintaining memorials. There are numerous tutorials online and many articles I've read discourage using household cleaners like 409, liquid Lysol, Mr. Clean etc. A mild soap and water, a soft scrub with a cotton cloth and a really good rinse should do the trick. Wipe dry.
  • Bev Wintrup Bev Wintrup on Apr 28, 2016
    i think brass usually has a laquer on it when used outside .perhaps you could speak with a monumental mason to be sure.
  • Ovidiucro Ovidiucro on Apr 28, 2016
    Toothpaste and a buffer.
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    • MN Mom MN Mom on Apr 28, 2016
      I'm curious too on how this would wash up...all I can picture is a mint foam mess!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 28, 2016
    Buffing with regular toothpaste for sure will remove the green and make the head stones shiny again.
  • Susie Rufener Susie Rufener on Apr 28, 2016
    After contacting the cemetery to make sure it is ok to clean this, I would check with a headstone company and ask them how to best maintain the bronze marker.
  • Nita Weimer Nita Weimer on Apr 28, 2016
    To maintain a bronze headstone, my father taught me to dry brush off any debris first. Then, spray with WD40 and rub in with a cloth. Can also use a paintbrush to get in between letters. We did this twice a year.