What You Will Need to Bring

We will provide cleaning advice when you arrive.

It is important to remember that graves and monuments are part of a heritage-listed cemetery and should be treated with great care and respect, especially very old headstones. The golden rule is ‘Do No Harm’, either to the grave or yourself. 

Be gentle with the monuments, do not lean on them, and do not dislodge any components.

Our mission is primarily to WASH monuments and clean and tidy thousands of graves at the cemetery. We do not aim to restore them to pristine condition. Also bear in mind that not all monuments will look dramatically cleaner after washing. Many have stubborn staining that has been baked on over many years. We do what we can to clean a monument but will leave deeply-stained stone ‘as is’ after washing.

We use:
  • Soft cloths or soft bristle brushes with water.
  • For stubborn stains, white vinegar mixed with water can be sprayed. Please rinse thoroughly afterwards.
  • Use plastic or wooden scrapers to remove lichen and moss growth.
We can provide most equipment, but to ensure adequate numbers, please bring these along if you can.

We do not: 
  • Use products such as ‘Wet and Forget’ as there are no long-term studies to show that they are safe for monument materials. Better safe than sorry.
  • Use equipment such as high-powered gernies or other sand-blasting or high-pressure water-blasting equipment because they can easily damage monument surfaces.
  • Use hard wire brushes, steel wool or other harsh abrasives as these can also damage monument surfaces. Scratches in the surfaces will encourage the growth of moss or lichen.
  • Brush sandstone monuments, which are easily damaged.
  • Touch leaning headstones as there is a risk that they could fall over, especially if touched.
  • Stand on unstable grave tops, which can collapse.
  • Interfere with plants purposely placed or planted on graves.