Yesterday our team headed out to the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Blackhead for a little introduction to headstone cleaning. We were joined by some volunteers from the Blackhead One Room School and Church Building which is just next door to the cemetery. To learn more about the St. Joseph's Chapel and it's heritage designation click here!
First we wet the headstones with water. Here Dale is using a garden sprayer to make sure to cover the whole stone with water before starting.
|Dale spraying a stone with water.|
Next we mixed up a mix up a sprayer with 50% water and 50% D2 Biological Solution. D2 is biodegradable and safe to use on a range of surfaces including headstones to remove stains from mould, mildew, algae, lichens, and air pollutants. We also found out yesterday that it works well to remove bird poop as well! Here Lara is spraying a stone with the D2-water mixture.
|Lara spraying a headstone with D2 and water.|
Next up we used *soft* bristle brushes (never metal) to make soft circular motions to clean the stone. We are extremely careful with the amount of pressure we place on the stone so we don't move or break the base. Lara is doing a demonstration for the group here.
|Lara is carefully brushing the stone.|
Here is a photo of the group hard at work!
|Group cleaning headstones in the Blackhead cemetery.|