Bronze Jewish family monuments in Houston with patina

Preventing Patina on Bronze Plaques

Bronze Jewish family monuments in Houston with patina
In Houston, Jewish family monuments made of bronze require regular cleaning to maintain their luster and shine.

For Jewish families in the Houston area, a monument is one of the most important symbols of remembrance for our loved ones. Whether it be bronze or marble, these markers ensure that your loved ones will never be forgotten. 

However, if you have a bronze plaque installed for your family members then you know how difficult it can be to keep them looking pristine and beautiful. Over time metal oxidizes and forms a patina layer which takes away from its pristine appearance. 

Today we will discuss how to protect a beautiful bronze plaque so it can continue to shine brightly and honor your loved one. If you need maintenance services for a Jewish family monument in the Houston area, do not hesitate to contact our team at Gaitz Memorials.

Clean Bronze Plaques Regularly 

Houston is home to a great number of Jewish monuments that carry great significance as memorials for loved ones. These monuments are often made of bronze, a material that requires regularly scheduled cleaning to maintain its integrity and shine. With a little elbow grease, you can keep the monument looking beautiful using these steps:

  1. Wash off plaque with plain water to remove dust. Wipe the metal dry with a soft, clean towel or rag.
  2. Pour two tablespoons of baking soda into a small bowl.
  3. Drip lemon juice slowly over the baking soda until you create a paste as thick as toothpaste. A little bubbling or fizzing is normal.
  4. Wearing dishwashing gloves, smear the cleaning paste over the bronze piece using your hand or a rag. If there are many nooks and crannies or ornate trim, you can use an old toothbrush to work the paste into the crevices.
  5. Use a polishing cloth, soft rag, or scrap of an old T-shirt, rub the metal with small, circular motions, focusing on heavy areas of patina. Continue until you are satisfied with the look of the bronze.
  6. Use water to rinse off the metal thoroughly, wiping with a soaked rag to remove the paste.
  7. Gently dry the bronze with a clean soft cloth. If patina still remains, repeat the above steps.

Not only does this help preserve the beauty of the monuments, but it also shows respect for the loved ones they represent. With some dedication, these monuments can stand the test of time and continue to honor the memories of those who have gone before us.

Apply a Protective Wax Coating Annually 

Cleaning the plaque of a loved one is an act of respect that many of us engage in on a regular basis. However, simply cleaning the surface of the stone is not enough to guarantee that it remains in good condition for years to come. Exposure to the elements, particularly rain and strong sunlight, can cause metal plaques to corrode and degrade. That’s why it’s important to apply a protective wax coating after cleaning. By doing so, you create an additional layer of defense that helps to keep the surface of the metal plaque looking bright and clean. To maintain that protection, it’s recommended that you reapply the wax coating annually.

Keep Plants Away from Bronze Plaques

Some plants, such as ivy and moss, can have corrosive properties that can harm the metal on the plaque over time. While it may be tempting to add a touch of greenery to the area, it’s best to stick to non-invasive and non-damaging options like flowers in a vase or potted plants placed off to the side. By taking a small precaution like this, you can ensure that your loved one’s memory stays intact for years to come.

Rely on Our Houston Jewish Monument Maintenance Services

Houston is home to many beautiful landmarks, including special family markers that hold a special place in the hearts of those who visit them. However, with time, even the most stunning monuments can start to lose their luster. 

 At Gaitz Memorials, we offer maintenance services that can bring these beloved landmarks back to their former glory. With our expertise and attention to detail, we will work tirelessly to ensure that Houston’s Jewish monuments continue to shine for years to come. Trust us to take care of these important structures so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.

Preserving Houston Jewish Monuments for Generations to Come

From design consultation to stone selection, the team at Gaitz Memorials helps tailor your experience to match with desired aesthetic and budget. Contact us now so that you can begin preserving your family’s heritage through a lasting beautiful monument. Our expert team looks forward to serving you!