Best Practice Recommendations for Cleaning Government Issued Headstones


Best-Practices Recommendations for Cleaning Government Issued Headstones provides general guidance for the cleaning of government issued headstones undertaken by the National Park Service National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.

The document focuses on general cleaning and regular maintenance of marble headstones that are soiled from dirt and biological growth. Topics include:

  • Soil agents and accumulations
  • Other threats to headstones
  • Important factors to consider before cleaning
  • Cleaning techniques known to damage stone
  • Cleaning methodology

Video Resources

View these instructional videos on resetting, lifting and hoisting, and cleaning stone grave markers, for more information.

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