Dashwood & Denyer Funeral Directors Southsea


Granite is a granular crystalline rock of quartz found in many different colours. Known as the everlasting stone, Granite is very solid, lacking porous characteristics.

The face of a Granite Memorial is often highly polished. Polished areas are very easy to clean as dirt cannot take hold on the shiny surface. The sides and reverse of a Granite Memorial can be polished, honed or rustic. A rustic surface will collect dirt, moss and lichen due to its rough texture.

To clean the rustic or honed faces of a Granite Memorial, use the same method as for Natural Stone and Marble.

To clean the highly polished face of a Granite Memorial, use a cuttlefish. The abrasive action of rubbing the soft side of the cuttlefish on the dirty area will clean the memorial and restore the shine. You may use a very soft-bristled brush and soapy water to clean lettering. Never use cream cleaner, an abrasive or scourer to clean a polished Granite Memorial as this can permanently spoil the finish.

Points to Remember

  • Do use the soft side of cuttlefish to clean polished surfaces.
  • Do use clear bleach and a hard-bristled brush on honed and rustic surfaces.
  • Don’t use any cream cleaners or abrasive scourers to clean polished surfaces.
  • Don’t scrub any gilded letters with a hard-bristled brush. Use a soft brush and soapy water.
  • Professional cleaning and restoration services (Need Picture Here from Leaflet)

Time and weather take their toll on any memorial. The build-up of several years’ grime is difficult to remove simply with soapy water and a soft brush. Lettering can fall out or become illegible; gold leaf can fade away.

Perhaps your memorial is in need of refurbishment or a professional cleaning. Using advanced techniques and tools, we can restore the memorial to its former splendour.

Please contact us to arrange a memorial inspection and get a free, fully itemised, no-obligation quote for memorial cleaning or restoration.