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This Memorial Day, take the time to clean the gravestones of your ancestors. Cleaning can turn back time to make your loved one’s final resting place nearly as beautiful as the day their family members gathered there to wish them farewell.

Some weathering, erosion, neglect, and vandalism cannot be reversed. But preservation and prevention can make all the difference. And as more people become interested in genealogical research, there is a greater desire to preserve what is left of our ancestor’s legacies in stone.

Read guidelines and tools for cleaning your family headstones at