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Yes, even Bronze Plaques can be impacted by a number of natural and local conditions - sunlight, extreme heat, water (chlorine, bore), chemical sprays (weed killer, industrial cleaners), salt, sand and wind.
Depending on the extent of exposure to these elements, the finish on a bronze plaque may begin to breakdown and gradually patina, acquiring a greenish hue. Regular care and maintenance helps to minimise some of these elements.
We recommend dusting a plaque with a soft house duster or microfiber / chamois cloth as required.
If more thorough cleaning is necessary
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 (they 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.
Regular care of a plaque will prolong the brilliant, fresh finish of a DP Jones plaque however over an extended period of time (many years), the original finish will gradually patina and show more of a greenish hue. This finish is endearing to some and the plaque life is not compromised. However, if it's time for a refresh, a professional reconditioning should be considered to restore its original finish.
The best way to restore an older bronze plaque to 'like new' condition is to engage our services for a full recondition. Please contact your cemetery trust or DPJones directly to arrange.