Preserving memory of loved ones

Tweed Shire Council

Preserving the memory of loved ones can be challenging in the current weather conditions.

Families wanting to ensure the plaques of loved ones are maintained as best as possible have contacted Council’s cemetery staff seeking advice.

Council’s Acting Manager Parks & Active Communities Murray Smith said there were some simple measures which family members could take to preserve and maintain plaques.

“All plaques are the property of the family and their maintenance and upkeep is the responsibility of the family,” Mr Smith said.

“Council can provide guidance in caring for plaques but do not carry out any cleaning or repairs.”

Mr Smith said a common issue was with old brass plaques where the paint has faded and/or the direct inscription has faded on a granite plaque.

“These plaques need to be professionally restored and cemetery staff can assist the family with the process by uplifting the plaque and sending it to the plaque manufacturer for refurbishment. This is at the cost of the family,” he said.

Some of the simple measures to care for a plaque include:

  • Dusting a plaque with a soft house duster, microfibre or chamois cloth

  • Use warm soapy water and a soft cloth (microfibre or chamois) to dislodge any dirt and debris from the surface of the plaque

  • Rinse and dry

  • Buff with a soft cloth.

Never use solvents or harsh chemicals to clean as they will damage the protective coating applied during the manufacturing process. This includes bronze/metal cleaners which require direct contact with the metal surface to be effective.

Do not use any abrasive materials such as steel wool or sandpaper or scrubbing with a brush when caring for bronze plaques.

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