If your loved one has passed away one thing you have to do is choose a gravestone for them. There are many different types to choose from with one being a granite gravestone. There are many benefits of choosing this type, three of which are listed below. Once you choose the gravestone, below are more tips on how you can keep it maintained and looking beautiful.

Granite Gravestone Benefits

One of the main benefits of granite is that it is very durable and can hold up to all weather conditions, including rain, ice, snow, and heat. The gravestone will still be standing years from now and look as good as new. Granite is also very versatile, which means you can have a message etched or carved on it. You can also have the gravestone polished or sandblasted.

Granite is a natural stone so it is available in a variety of colors and no two colors are exactly the same.  For example, the stone will have flecks of gray, blue, or green, as well as streaks of gold. The exact color will depend on where the granite was quarried from. Aesthetic appeal is another benefit and the gravestone will stand out when you walk into the cemetery.

Keeping Granite Gravestone in Good Condition

Even through granite is very durable you still need to take steps to keep it in good condition. You can use a soft-bristled brush to get off any debris that may be stuck on the granite, such as calcium deposits, mold, and mildew. Do not use any type of abrasive pad. Wet the brush in water before you start using it on the granite.

If you see a black substance on the granite then this is black algae. Purchase some granular calcium hypochlorite and place one cup into five gallons of water. Use a damp rag along with this solution to clean the black algae.

For general cleaning, purchase a cleanser that is made for granite and follow the directions on how to use it. You can use a damp rag to wipe the granite down starting from the top and moving your way down to the bottom. When finished, use clear water to thoroughly rinse the cleaning solution off the granite gravestone.

Maintain the granite gravestone on a regular basis to prevent it from getting dirty. Add some flowers on a regular basis to keep the grave site looking beautiful. Check with your local companies, like Palmer Bros Granite Co, to see what your options are.