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Amanda L. uses Wet & Forget to Restore Hand-Carved Headstones

By Wet & Forget

Amanda L., a resident of Indiana, discovered Wet & Forget Outdoor through her sister-in-law. The product was recommended to her when Amanda mentioned the deteriorating condition of the hand-carved headstones made by her Great-Grandfather, Frank G.

Frank (photoed below), born in Vermont in 1872 to French-Canadian parents who immigrated to the US, had a nomadic lifestyle due to his work as a stonemason. He traveled to various regions of the country to ply his trade. 

Hand-carved headstones in the 1900s.

Frank G. was a skilled stone carver who meticulously crafted several headstones, including the one for his wife. Soon after getting married, they moved to Murphy, NC, where Frank entered the monument business.

His wife passed away in 1934 from tuberculosis at the age of 60. Frank carved her the calli lilli stone using Indiana limestone. He and his son transported the stone in a flatbed truck to her home in Murphy, NC, to set it up. 

Before and after photo of a hand-carved headstone.

In addition to his wife’s stone, Frank also carved the other two marble headstones featured in the photo. 

Over time, the hand-carved headstones became dirty and required a safe and effective cleaning solution. Amanda was determined to restore their beauty and discovered Wet & Forget as the ultimate solution. 

Amanda successfully tackled the challenge of moss, mold, mildew, and algae stains on the stones. She employed an effective solution by thoroughly saturating the gravestones with Wet & Forget, repeating the process every three months, which yielded great results.

“After the first application, we had already noticed an improvement.” – Amanda L.

Amanda opted for the Wet and Forget Concentrate to clean the tombstones. The gallon concentrate will cover of up to 2,250 sq. ft.

Before and after photo of a hand-carved headstone.

One gallon of the Wet & Forget Concentrate will make 6 gallons total. All you need to do is mix 1 part Wet & Forget with 5 parts water in a pump sprayer. After that, apply the mixture to your exterior surfaces and let Mother Nature do the rest.

“It was heartbreaking to see the stones in such horrible condition; I wanted something to clean and make the headstones look beautiful again.” – Amanda

Amanda experienced great results with Wet & Forget, so she decided to try it on other parts of her home, including her limestone bench.

Previously, Amanda had resorted to using a power washer on occasion to get rid of stains around her home.

“The power washer works but is a lot of work for minimal results.” – Amanda

Wet & Forget is a gentle yet effective solution that works tirelessly to keep your surfaces clean. Over time, the product will work with the wind and rain to completely remove any moss, mold, mildew and algae stains.

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