How to Clean Bronze Memorial Markers

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Bronze grave markers are elegant and are a popular choice to pay tribute to family members. Bronze has a tendency of growing darker over time. This look is acceptable for many people; the antique look seems to add dignity to the memorial. Others wish to keep the bronze its original color. Maintenance is a simple process and can be accomplished quickly if done on a regular schedule.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft brush
  • Water
  • Non-ionic soap
  • Toothbrush (optional)
  • Clean cloth
  • Brush or wipe away any dirt before starting the cleaning process. Wet the marker with clean water.

  • Use a non-ionic soap to wash the marker. Orvus soap is non-ionic and can be found in animal feed stores. Mix 1 heaping tbsp. Orvus with 1 gallon water.

  • Use a soft bristle brush to apply the soap to the marker. An old toothbrush can be used to reach into crevices.

  • Rinse the marker several times to remove the soap. Inspect the marker for any missed areas and repeat the wash and rinse process if necessary.

  • Dry the marker with a clean cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use household cleaners, beach or detergent to clean bronze.

References

  • Photo Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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