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Owners: We recommend that you have your tribute professionally installed if you're going to place it on a monument stone. Please contact us for details. If you clean the stone or bronze marker that has a tribute installed do not use abrasive cleaners or brushes on the tribute itself. Use a soft, clean cloth and a mild detergent. If you use a mild solution of muriatic acid to clean stone it will not hurt the tribute’s coating, but be sure you rinse the solution thoroughly. You do not want any residual acid solution remaining between the tribute and the stone. Out gassing can occur that might eventually damage the finish.

If you purchased a tribute to display indoors, either mounted on an urn or framed, a glass cleaner and soft, clean cloth is all you’ll ever need. You can mount the tribute under glass if you like, but it’s not necessary.

Caretakers: The tribute is a permanent addition to the stone or bronze marker. If you use a muriatic acid solution to clean the stone it will not hurt the protective coating. Be especially careful not to use stiff brushes or cloths that may be contaminated with grit to rub the tribute’s surface. This can scratch the protective coating. Be sure to rinse all cleaners thoroughly from around the tribute. Residual acid accumulating between the stone and the metal can cause out gassing that could damage the protective coating. If any graffiti should appear on the tribute do not use standard paint strippers to remove it, especially those containing methylene chloride.

Graffiti removal - product recommendations:

As mentioned above, do not use any cleaners or paint removers containing methylene chloride. I recommend using a product designed to gently clean graffiti. You might try a heavy duty commercial cleaner like Greased Lightning, a citrus based cleaner or other cleaner that can be found at Home Depot or Lowes.

Another option would be Graffiti Remover from SOYsolv™. SOYsolv, 6154 N CR 33, Tiffin, OH 44883. Phone: 800-231-4274 Web site:

Another option would be SKU-50800-5 SHIELD SUPER CLEANER CONCENTRATE from Shield Products, 11674 Gran Crique Court North, Jacksonville, FL 32223. Phone: 904-880-6060. Web site:

Permanent felt tip markers are the hardest to remove unless it’s done early, within the first 24 - 48 hours.

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