Re: Eroded grave inscriptions - ***Warning***! #general
Please ***do not*** use shaving cream (or other cleansers) on headstones!
Even if the immediate result is a wonderfully contrasted carving, there
can be major long-term effects. The acids in the shaving cream can
erode the headstone. And even if there are no acids mentioned in the
ingredients, "the reactions of the non-acidic chemicals in the shaving
cream turn slightly acidic once the cream is applied.
Read more about it here
[or http://tinyurl.com/m56bawx --Mod.]
Rubbing, chalking, using powder or flour are also *not* recommended.
Here are some safer ways to obtain a clearer inscription:
Water, mirrors, snow, and aluminum foil (taped only on the foil, with no
tape touching the stone)