If your loved one has recently passed away, and you've chosen to remember them with a laser-etched monument, you'll want to keep it looking beautiful. With proper care, the monument you purchase will serve as a lasting memorial to your loved one. One of the benefits of laser etching is that the work will last for years to come. However, it will require some maintenance to ensure lasting beauty. Here are three simple steps you can follow that will help you protect and preserve your loved one's monument:
Wipe Bird Droppings Away Immediately
Bird droppings are unavoidable, especially when it comes to monuments that are outside. Unfortunately, bird droppings are highly acidic, which means they can damage your loved ones monument if left alone for too long. To protect the finish, and prevent damage, you should way away the bird droppings as soon as you find them. The best way to do that is with a moist towelette and a soft cloth. You can carry both in your car. Remove the bird droppings with moist towelette and them buff the area with your soft cloth. Buffing the area will restore the shine and remove the water marks that might be left behind by the moist towelette.
Give It a Good Cleaning About Once a Year
You won't need to clean your monument each time you visit. However, it should be given a good cleaning about once a year. You can clean it with a solution of distilled water and window cleaner to remove dirt, fingerprints, and the scaly deposits that can build up on the surface of your monument. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts distilled water and window cleaner. Spray the solution on the entire surface of the monument and then wipe clean with a soft cloth. If there are significant hard water deposits on the monument, allow the solution to set for a few minutes and then use a soft brush to remove the flakes. Be sure to wipe dry with your soft cloth.
Polish the Etching to Restore the Brilliance
Over time, the etching can begin to fade and look a little dull. You can restore the brilliance using white block printing ink. Clean the surface of the monument and then dry it with a soft cloth. Apply a small amount of the printing ink to the etched area. Take a clean white cloth and use small circular motions to rub the ink into the etched area. Once the etching has been completely covered, use clean white cloths to wipe off the remaining ink.
Contact a company that does laser etching monuments for more information and assistance.