Various old gardens come with stone monuments which can also be ruined from dirt, pollution, debris, moss and mold. An antique home uses stone monuments to show their grandeur but they require special protection and care. Contamination such as dirt, debris, mold or moss can generate on the surface of these stone monuments and eventually destroy their patina.
In this article I will tell you how to save the garden stone monuments from dirt, deterioration moreover, I will also explain how to clean these stone monuments to keep their charm alive.
How to Preserve Stone Garden Monuments?
- Clean the monuments and pick off any growth of plants, moss or molds. You can use plastic tweezers to pull out plants in crevices but do not scratch the stone with the tweezers.
- Mix 1 tablespoon dichlorophen with 2 cups distilled water if you cannot remove the plants on the monument. Apply the mixture to the surface of the stone with a cloth, and brush away the plant growth with a soft-bristled brush. You can buy dichlorophen at a gardening store.
- Spray the stone monument with clear water until it is completely rinsed and soaked. This helps loosen the dirt and debris and makes it easier to clean.
- Scrub the surface of the monument with a soft-bristled brush. Use a large brush for the entire monument and a small toothbrush to clean any crevices or stone details. Be as gentle as possible to prevent permanent damage to the monument while still applying enough pressure to remove the dirt. This is especially important of old monuments.
- Rinse the stone with water and continue scrubbing it until all of the dirt has been removed. When you are finished, rinse the stone monument again.
- Mix 2 cups of distilled water with 2 cups of clear alcohol, such as vodka, and 1 tsp. of mild dishwashing detergent if the stone monument is still dirty.
- Spray the solution on the surface of the stone and gently scrub it with the soft-bristled scrubbing brushes.
- If possible just rinse the stone monument entirely with distilled water.
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