Don’t forget to include your family’s cemetery monument on your cleaning list!

Posted on April 10, 2017 by Jennifer Mele under All Cemeteries
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Don’t forget to include your family’s cemetery monument on your cleaning list!

Cemetery monuments are exposed to pollutants and often are breeding grounds for lichen, mold and moss.  Black stains and biological growth on monuments obscure inscriptions and make an otherwise beautifully carved stone unsightly.

Memorials are the property and responsibility of the lot holders as they are the owners of the memorials. The Cemetery is unable to use perpetual care funds to clean, repair or re-set monuments, however Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers free advice on how to safely remove stains and growths from all types of stone.  We also offer cleaning and restoration services

using only the finest cleaning agents and best techniques to restore your monument and greatly improve its appearance.

If you notice an issue with your monument, please do not attempt to push or move it on your own! Monuments generally weigh 180-220 lbs PER CUBIC FOOT! Recently, after a winter frost had adjusted a families monument setting a few inches, the family tried to adjust the monument on their own. This resulted in the collapse of the monument and injury. Please contact us so that we can assist or advise you on how to safely accomplish the task.

For advice on how to clean your monument or to obtain a quote for a cleaning, restoration or re-setting by our trained staff, please call historian, Kelly Grimaldi at 518-463-0134 or email KellyAnn.Grimaldi@rcda.org

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries monument cleaning

2 Responses to Don’t forget to include your family’s cemetery monument on your cleaning list!

  1. Ginger Trippodo says:

    I just visited my family plot in Hagamen Cemetery. I noticed the stones really could use a clean. I also visited my own family at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel cemetery in Johnstown. I would very much like to clean the stones. Most of the elders of the families have passed on; leaving no one to care for the grave sites. I would like to take this upon myself. I would like information on the best way to clean stones. Thank you for your assistance.

    • Jennifer Mele says:

      I will have our Historian Kelly Grimaldi contact you with information. You can also give her a call at 518-350-7679.

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