Headstones Memorials & Mausoleums
by Steve Paul Johnson
October 13, 2000
Recently published within the last couple months, this new book
is as its name suggests, a tutorial on cleaning headstones. It is
authored by Frederick M. Hueston, a certified stone restoration
The book offers 41 pages of information on how to clean, and how
not to clean tombstones. Hueston discusses the properties of various
stone types used to make tombstones and identifies their strengths
and weaknesses. He also identifies several cleaning materials and
practices that one should avoid.
He takes the reader into an easy to understand six-step approach
to stone cleaning, and provides photographs illustrating each step.
There are 14 pages devoted to removing various types of stains,
including graffiti, as well as another 4 pages discussing the use
of sealers, waxes, and impregnators.
The book is an excellent resource for beginners not already experienced
with cleaning tombstones. Persons desiring additional information
on stain removal might consider one of Hueston's others books, "Stain
Removal for Stone, Tile and Concrete".
The author is the president of his company, "NTC Enterprises
Inc.", which offers consulting on all types of stone and tile
flooring. He is the director of The National Training Center for
Stone & Masonry Trades. He also serves as the Publications and
Seminar Director for the Marble Institute of America. He has authored
several books on the care and restoration of various stone types
This book is available for $12.95 plus $4.00 shipping and can be
ordered by visiting the NTC Enterprises Inc. website at: http://www.ntc-stone.com
or by contacting them at:
National Training Center for Stone & Masonry Trades
941 Longdale Ave
Longwood, FL 32750
Or e-mail Hueston at: Fhueston@aol.com