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[Download not found]National Cemetery Administration
Progress Update as of March 10, 2007
Mary F. Striegel, Chief, Materials Research, NCPTT and
Jason W. Church, Materials Conservator, Materials Research, NCPTT

Jason Church positions the head of the Minolta colorimeter for measurements on a headstone in Alexandria National Cemetery.  Photo by Mary Striegel

Jason Church positions the head of the Minolta colorimeter for measurements on a headstone in Alexandria National Cemetery. Photo by Mary Striegel

 

 

 

This report provides information and progress on the comparative study of commercially available cleaners for federally issued headstones undertaken by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and the National Cemetery Administration through March 10, 2007.

 

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One Response to Comparative Study of Commercially Available Cleaners for Use on Federally-Issued Headstones

  1. Nancy Scheer says:

    June 22, 2010

    I am interested in knowing if anyone has done any investigation into the affect of wet grass & weeds, thrown by lawn mowers onto tombstones?
    Does this cause some of the biological growths we see on tombstones?
    I see this often in cemeteries particularily when the grass has been cut early in the morning while it is still wet.

    Is there any data & results showing a “diluted solution of ammonia” for cleaning tombstones? I believe I read where it is not very effective on biological growth, but is it a recommended product for general cleaning of headstones?

    When using D2 do the rules apply that say only clean tombstones once every 10+ yrs? Where did this rule come from? I just read it on one of the National Preservations of tombstones sites. Is there data to back this rule?

    Has there been any conclusion to the National Cemetery Headstone Cleaning Project and if so where can I find the results?

    Thank you for any consideration you give to these questions.

    Nancy Scheer
    (a volunteer tombstone cleaner in Missouri)

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