Headstones have remained popular in cemeteries for many years. A headstone marks the final resting place of a loved one, and it allows you to share a small piece of your loved one's life story with anyone who may be passing by his or her grave.

Headstones can be made using many different types of materials. Bronze is a popular option due to its ability to withstand corrosion when exposed to extreme weather elements. When you know how to keep a bronze headstone clean, you can use these types of markers to honor your deceased loved one.

1. Remove Dirt and Debris

Since a headstone is exposed to the elements at all times, dirt and debris can easily accumulate on the surface of the bronze placard memorializing your loved one. It's important that you clean off this dirt and debris from time to time if you want to keep the bronze looking its best.

A brush with stiff bristles is the best choice for getting rid of any debris that has accumulated on the surface of a bronze headstone. Don't be afraid to brush vigorously to ensure all dirt is removed from the nooks and crannies between letters and within intricate designs.

2. Rinse Clean

Once you have eliminated all visible dirt and debris from the bronze headstone, rinse the headstone using a solution of warm water and liquid dish soap. This will eliminate any freestanding dust particles that may still remain on the surface of the headstone.

Use clean water to wash the soap from the headstone, and finish with a rinse of distilled water to eliminate all chemical residue from the bronze headstone.

3. Dry Completely

Once you are positive that all dirt and residue has been eliminated, dry the bronze surface with a soft towel.

Be sure that you are getting into all the small crevices and cracks on the surface. Although moisture will not damage a bronze headstone, it can cause the bronze to take on a green patina. Only having this patina in areas where water has pooled can make your loved one's headstone look unkempt. It's best to clean a bronze headstone on a sunny day so that the water will dry quickly once you have wiped the surface of the headstone.

Don't be afraid to invest in bronze headstone monuments for your loved one. Bronze is easy to clean and maintain, ensuring that your loved one's final resting place will remain beautiful over the years.