Whether a stone urn is made from granite, onyx, marble or alabaster, the method of care is essentially the same. Stone urns are extremely vulnerable to exposure to acids such as citric acid or vinegar. Never use any acid-based liquids to clean urn, also keep it away from oils. Always avoid the use of abrasive cleaners, which may scratch or damage the surface of the urn. Instead, use a soft cloth and a mild cleaner. If you use water to clean your urn, br sure to dry it completely afterward to avoid water stains. Stone urns can be gently cleaned using a small amount of glass cleaner. We do suggest that you spray glass cleaner very sparingly on the surface of the urn to keep any seepage from going into the interior. Be sure to remove all remnants of the cleaner as they can very quickly and easily stain the surface of your urn if not removed.
Properly cared for, wood cremation urns will retain their beauty and character forever. Because exposure to elements like sunlight, wind and rain can speed the aging of wood, wood urns should be kept indoors. Use a soft, dry cloth to remove any dust build-up and maintain wood’s natural beauty. You can also use a small amount of furniture polish or wood cleaner to shine the outer surface. Always avoid abrasive cleaners, which may damage the finish of the wood urn. Do not polish your wood urn with water as water that is left on the urn can spot and eventually warp the wood.
Ceramic urns can be gently wiped clean with a dry cloth to remove any dust build-up or other surface dirt. If you choose to damp the cloth we suggest that you do so sparingly as you do not want to saturate your urn. Dry completely and store in a place where urn is well protected. Ceramic cremation urns are not as durable as wood or stone urns and can break easily if knocked over.
You should never wipe down your metal urn with a damp cloth as over time this can cause the urn to deteriorate and even rust. A soft dry cloth is best used to remove any dust and debris from the outside of your cremation urn. You should store your metal urn indoors, away from direct sunlight and any source of heat. Consistent and direct sunlight as well as heat can cause the metal to slightly heat and bend. Also, for those instances where a brass or a silver plate, band or embellishment was added to the surface of the urn, direct light and heat could cause this emblem to loosen and disengage.