Recently, the Lt Col Elihu Hutton Camp 569 SCV started cleaning the headstones of Confederate soldiers.
One of our first cleanings was the headstones of Lt. Col. Elihu Hutton, commander of Company C, 20th Virginia Cavalry, CSA, and the headstone of his wife, Sophronia E. Hutton.
After researching how to safely clean headstones, we chose D2 Biological Solution for the cleaning of headstones. D2 Biological Solution has been extensively tested by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
D2 has been used by an impressive number of cemeteries, organizations, sites, etc., a few of which are:
Department of Veterans Affairs
National Park Service
All Civil War National Cemeteries
Antietem National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
Gettysburg National Cemetery
We started our cleaning of the headstones by spraying D2 Biological Solution on the headstones to thoroughly wet it and waited 15 minutes. During the 15 minutes, if the headstones started to dry, we sprayed more D2 Biological Solution to keep the headstones wet. After waiting the 15 minutes, we gently scrubbed the headstones with a soft nylon bristle brush, spraying the headstone with a water mist if it started to dry. When we finished cleaning the headstones, we thoroughly rinsed the headstones with clean water.
Below are photos that were taken before and after cleaning the headstones with D2 Biological Solution.
As you can see, D2 Biological Solution did a good job of cleaning the accumulated biological growth that had grown on the headstone. An additional benefit of D2 is it continues to clean the headstone after the initial cleaning.