How To Clean Your Outdoor Catholic Statues

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How To Clean Your Outdoor Catholic Statues

14 July 2016
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It is not uncommon to see catholic statues outdoors in cemeteries, outside a church or even in the gardens of those who are Catholic. However, as these statues are exposed to outdoor elements, such as rain and dust, they can become dirty. Learning how to properly clean them will help them last and look great. The majority of outdoor catholic statues are made from either concrete or fiberglass. Here are instructions on how to clean both of these types of statues.

Cleaning Fiberglass Outdoor Catholic Statues

Fiberglass catholic statues are popular because they can be made to look realistic and have a lot of detail. Follow these instructions to clean your outdoor fiberglass catholic statues:

  1. Fill a bucket with warm water and a few squirts of a liquid dish soap.
  2. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the soapy water. Do not use anything abrasive, like a cleaning brush or scrubbing pad. They can scratch the fiberglass.
  3. Begin wiping the statue down with the soapy water. Use the cloth or sponge to work your way into cracks and crevices, removing dirt.
  4. Rinse your cloth and bucket. Fill the bucket with cool water. Wipe down the statue to remove soap residue.
  5. Use a lint-free cloth to dry the catholic statue to prevent water spotting.

Cleaning Concrete Outdoor Catholic Statues

Concrete outdoor Catholic statues are popular for a number of reasons. Concrete is strong and durable, making it a great choice for outdoor use. It also requires little care. However, there are times when it may look dirty. When this occurs, it should be cleaned to preserve its appearance. Follow these steps to clean your concrete outdoor catholic statues:

  1. Mix one gallon of hot water with two ounces of washing soda, also called sodium carbonate. You can find this in the laundry aisle of the grocery store. Mix until the washing soda dissolves into the water. Alternatively, you can buy a concrete cleaning soap at home improvement stores.
  2. Spray the statue with a hose to dampen it.
  3. Dip a soft-bristled plastic scrubbing brush into your soapy water or concrete cleaning product. Scrub the mixture into your statue. Do not use a wire cleaning brush as it can damage the concrete.
  4. Use a hose to spray away any soap residue.
  5. Allow the statue to air dry.

Our Lady of Grace, Our Lady of Lourdes, Madonna and Child and Saint Joseph are all common catholic statues you may find in cemeteries and gardens. If you have any of these statues, taking the time to clean them can help ensure they look great and last.