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Offline Sutherland74

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Headstone cleaning
« on: Sunday 05 July 20 16:15 BST (UK) »
Is anyone able to advise me on the best way to clean this headstone?

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Re: Headstone cleaning
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 05 July 20 16:19 BST (UK) »
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Re: Headstone cleaning
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 05 July 20 22:54 BST (UK) »
Does it need cleaning?

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Re: Headstone cleaning
« Reply #3 on: Monday 06 July 20 08:46 BST (UK) »
Does it need cleaning?

Just what I was going to say  ;D
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Re: Headstone cleaning
« Reply #4 on: Monday 06 July 20 08:54 BST (UK) »
The first question on https://stoneletters.com/blog/cleaning-gravestones is
1.Ask yourself if it really needs cleaning

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Re: Headstone cleaning
« Reply #5 on: Monday 06 July 20 09:24 BST (UK) »
With a soft feather duster!

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Re: Headstone cleaning
« Reply #6 on: Monday 06 July 20 10:02 BST (UK) »
Something that is not mentioned on the stoneletters site is many species of lichens are protected by law here in the UK, cleaning a headstone could destroy one of the many protected species.
If the stone really does not require cleaning it is best to leave well alone.
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Re: Headstone cleaning
« Reply #7 on: Monday 06 July 20 11:21 BST (UK) »
Some rare lichens are protected under the provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
(species listed on Schedule 8 ). http://www.rootschat.com/links/01por/ It is a criminal offence to remove protected lichens and you should check with the relevant national environment agency first if the lichen is protected and what license you may need to remove them.
http://www.warmemorials.org/uploads/publications/254.pdf

See also https://www.britishlichensociety.org.uk/activities/churchyard-survey/churchyard-lichens

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Re: Headstone cleaning
« Reply #8 on: Monday 06 July 20 13:12 BST (UK) »
Is the black mark in the  marble not water damage ? I donít think much can be done about that.