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|If anyone would like to take over management of any of the memorials I have entered, please let me know. I feel these should be managed by a family member whenever possible.|
To those who give their time to enter and photograph memorials, thank you! However I would like to discourage people from doing things that might harm the stones. Before you touch a stone, please educate yourself with a reputable conservation source. Water is really the only safe choice, and never use a stiff brush. Seemingly harmless chemicals such as soap, shaving cream, or chalk can still damage the stone. See #30078633. Even mild organic solvents can provide a food source for microbes which will then secrete acids (just like how you get cavities).
There are better ways of getting a good picture. Obliquely reflected sunlight is completely safe and free and gives a great result. See #58783244