How to Clean Tombstones Jeannette Holland Austin

To clean tombstones made of soft natural stone you will need plenty of water, buckets, natural bristle brushes and toothbrushes and non-ionic soaps or detergents. Please do not use wire bristle brushes or metal, acid, clorox, borax or pressure washers as these will damage the stones. The exception is Granite, limestone, sandstone or marble stones where you can use some more abrasive cleaners and pressure washers as long as the stone itself is in stable condition. I have never used a water pressure on the cemeteries which I have cleaned, simply because I do not wish to take the chance of losing information. Also, the engravings are to be considered. To remove calcium deposits in the engravings, a heavy duty non-metallic scouring paid should do it, then scrube it throughly with a detergent. For bronze stones, remember that they are mounted flat and so will holding standing water and debris. These plaques already have a factory-applied lacquer coating to seal the appearance. Best to use the natural bristle brushes.

Charles Duffer

In 1898 Charles Duffer was Atlanta's Left Fielder. They won the game on May 19th, but it was neck-to-neck for many innings against the Alabama Club before they scored three runs and the crowd went wild. Charles E. Duffer was Atlanta's new left-fielder whose fielding average was 921 per cent and batting average 250 per cent. If any of you remember, the game was played on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta across from old Sears and Roebuck County. A stream used to run across the property until they build the wooden stands, etc.

Jeannette Holland Austin, Georgia Author of Genealogy Books

Georgia County Records (digital images) wills, estates, marriages

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