Cleaning Garden Sculptures: What To Clean Garden Statues With

by johnah on November 9, 2020

What Is Resin?

Resin is a material used in making many types of sculptures. It’s made out of wood or other natural materials such as clay, sandstone, marble, glass and so on. It is very durable and resistant to damage. However it does not last forever; it eventually wears down due to use over time. If left alone too long it will lose its strength and become brittle.

How Do You Clean Resin Statues?

There are several ways to clean resin statues. Some methods require special tools while others are easy to perform with household items. There are also some techniques which may require professional assistance. For example, if your statue has been damaged by water or humidity then you need to get professional help.

First of all, you must determine whether your statue is made of plaster or stone. If it is made of plaster, then you can simply wipe off any remaining residue with a damp cloth. If it is made of stone, then you’ll have to take extra care because stones are harder than most materials and they tend to scratch easily. So, before doing anything else, make sure that your statue isn’t scratched up badly enough that it won’t come back into shape again.

You might want to consider using a polishing compound like Tritanite™. This substance can be purchased at a local arts and crafts store. Usually, you just need to apply it directly onto a soft cloth and then use it to wipe down your statue.

You’ll also need to use a cleaner like Windex or any other type of glass cleaner. It is very important that you don’t spray the cleaner directly onto the statue because this could cause damage. Instead, spray it onto a cloth and then use that cloth to wipe down the statue.

Sources & references used in this article:

Recolonization of marble sculptures in a garden environment by JD Rodrigues, MV Anjos, AE Charola – A Chronology of Middle …, 2011 –

Lichen removal from Chinese spirit path figures of marble by P Leavengood, J Twilley, JF Asmus – Journal of Cultural Heritage, 2000 – Elsevier

Developing a maintenance plan for the stone sculptures and decorative elements in the gardens of the National Palace of Queluz, Portugal by AE Charola, MV Anjos, JD Rodrigues… – Restoration of Buildings …, 2007 –

Laser Cleaning of Marble Sculptures of the Summer Garden: First Experience by A Baruzdin, O Ivanov, A Kazanova, I Kirtsideli… – … Fundamentals of Laser …, 2007 –

John Cheere’s lead garden statues workshop and the important commissions of Prince Pedro of Portugal in 1755-56 by MJ Neto, F Grilo – The Sculpture Journal, 2006 –

Conservation approach diversity to address the decorative elements in the gardens of the national palace of Queluz, Lisbon, Portugal by J Delgado Rodrigues, AE Charola – … de la pierre dans les parcs …, 2011 –



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