How to Clean Stone Statues

Save

Favored for their handcrafted designs and durability, stone statues add eye-catching features to any garden or lawn. Whether simple or elaborate, stone statues require routine cleaning for preservation and appearance purposes. Stone statues accumulate biological growth and grime, which are capable of penetrating and discoloring stone statues over time. Regularly washing stone statues removes surface buildup to protect their original beauty. All types of stone statues, including marble and limestone, require the same cleaning techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Pump sprayer
  • Soft, clean brush
  • Garden hose
  • Bucket
  • Stirring utensil
  • 2 tbsp. neutral pH detergent
  • Begin cleaning the stone statue using the least damaging solution first, which is water. Fill a pump sprayer with clean water, and spray the water liberally onto the statue. Thoroughly saturate the statue with water.

  • Scrub the wet statue with a soft, clean brush to detach grime and biological growth. Work up the statue, scrubbing the brush in orbital motions over the stone.

  • Rinse the statue immediately with fresh water to inhibit streaking. Gently spray the statue with a garden hose.

  • Clean the stone statue with a neutral pH detergent solution. In a bucket, thoroughly combine 2 tbsp. of neutral pH detergent per gallon of water.

  • Rinse out the pump sprayer and refill it with the neutral pH detergent solution. Spray the solution onto the stone statue.

  • Scrub the statue with the brush, as previously. Detach any lingering grime remnants from the stone. Focus on detailed portions of the statue, where grime collects.

  • Spray the entire statue gently with fresh water. Thoroughly rinse off the detergent solution to avoid streaks.

  • Let the stone statue air-dry completely.

  • Photo Credit Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Clean Garden Statues

    When the once-attractive, weathered patina on your garden statues begins to look like plain old dirt, it's time to give them a...

  • How to Clean a Marble Statue

    Marble statues, over time, can develop a layer of grime and grit on them. Although the dirt may not be immediately visible...

  • How to Recondition a Soap Stone Carving

    Soap stone is 300-million year old stone used to create works of art for many centuries. Made from magnesium, talc and silicate,...

  • How to Clean Concrete Statues

    A concrete statue outdoors weathers and becomes dirtier over time, which adds to its character. If the piece becomes so dirty you...

  • How to Clean Marble Sculptures

    Marble sculptures make a nice addition to the décor of your home. Marble is a type of stone that is often discolored...

  • How to Remove Mildew on a Garden Statue

    Mildew is a fungus that thrives on surfaces that are consistently exposed to conditions of warmth and moisture. Garden statues are a...

  • How to Seal Outdoor Statues

    Outdoor statues can come in a variety of materials including concrete, marble and bronze. The statues will experience natural weathering and develop...

  • Limestone Cutting Tools

    Limestone is extremely porous, which makes it easy to cut with hand tools. Limestone's main component is calcium carbonate. It is a...

  • Antique Iron Stone Collecting: Discoloration

    An antiques expert explains discoloration in antique iron stone in this free video on collecting antiques.

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!