How To Clean A Bronze Plaque Grave Marker

How To Clean A Bronze Plaque Grave Marker

April 13, 2023

How to Clean a Bronze Plaque Grave Marker

How To Clean A Bronze Plaque Grave Marker

If you have a bronze plaque grave marker, it is important to clean it regularly so that the bronze will last for as long as possible. The process of cleaning a bronze plaque is relatively simple and will keep it looking beautiful over time!


A bronze headstone is a beautiful way to memorialize your loved one. However, like any other metal plaque, it can begin to tarnish over time. Regular cleaning will keep your memorial marker looking pristine. Use a mild soap mixture (Example: Ivory(r) dish soap or Simple Green(r)) to scrub and clean the plaque’s surface. Rinse with water to remove the soapy residue, paying close attention to lettering and embellishments since they are likely to hold in soapy residue.


Cleaning your bronze headstone is a simple process that can be done by yourself to keep the plaque looking its best. It is important to use a cleaning product that is made specifically for bronze and isn’t too harsh on the plaque’s clear coat. Using soap is one option for cleaning your bronze plaque. Soaps like Ivory dish soap or Simple Green can be mixed with water to create a cleaning solution that is safe for the plaque.


If the marker isn’t completely clean after washing it, you can use wax to help restore the finish. You can purchase a special wax or make your own. Using a paste wax is a great option to protect the marker from weather and debris. A silicone-free paste wax such as Trewax(r) Clear Paste Wax will seal the surface of the marker. Apply the wax in circular motions to ensure the entire plaque is covered. The only caution here is not to overdo it as the wax can potentially dull the appearance of the headstone.

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