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Laser Etched Monument Maintenance

Posted: June 10, 2016 in Granite, Headstone Maintenence, Help, How To, Laser Etching, Memorial Monument, Memorial Monument Inforamtion, MIke's Laser Etching, Monument Care, Online Purchasing, Sartin Memorials, Traditional Monument, Uncategorized
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As with anything which is sitting out in the weather, it is important to remember to maintain your Laser Etched Memorial Monument. This is an extremely easy thing to do and we recommend that you complete maintenance at least once or twice a year.  It is a very fast and easy process and will only require the following:

-A bottle of Windex

-Several soft cloths (we recommend white washcloths)

-A tube of WHITE Oil-Based Block Printing Ink (*See Below For Ordering Details)

-A razor blade if necessary

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Here at Mike’s Laser Etching, we use Speedball Oil-Based Block Printing Ink as our highlight. It is very important that you be sure that you purchase pure white ink. If you choose to purchase the Speedball brand, the color number you should order is 3553. You can order a tube of Speedball by clicking on the below link:

https://sartinmemorialsblog.com/2014/06/18/order-your-laser-etching-highlight-online/

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The first step to the 6-12 month maintenance process is to clean the monument with Windex. Liberally spray the Windex over the entire polished area of your monument. Wipe clean using circular motions and don’t be afraid to apply pressure if necessary to clear the polished area of all dirt and debris. If you find that there is tree sap or something else which is not coming off of the monument, carefully use the razor blade to scrape of the substance. Although you do need to be careful not to cut yourself, the razor blade, if used correctly, will not damage the granite.

Once you are sure the monument is free of dirt and grass, it is time to refresh your highlight. First, place several small dots of the ink on the area of the laser etching. You will notice that a little goes a long way when it comes to the highlight. For a 24″ x 12″ Flush Marker with a full laser etched scene, it will take no more than a nickel size dot of ink to cover the full laser etching.

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Once you have the ink on the stone, use your cloth to begin rubbing the highlight into the etched areas in small circular motions. You will immediately see a difference in the brightness of your laser etching. Once all of the laser etchings have been covered, use the cloth to wipe the excess ink off.  After you have removed all of the excess, throw away the cloth. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WASH THE INK OUT OF THE WASHCLOTHS.

So long as you follow these instructions and consistently maintain your monument, you will be able to enjoy the laser etched monument for years and years to come. Generations through the years will be able to appreciate the beautiful and unique monument you designed for your loved one(s) and that is our goal here at Mike’s Laser Etching/Sartin Memorials.

If you are interested in learning more about our custom laser etched monuments and tiles, call us today at 877-836-0332 or email our sales team at sara@mikeslaseretching.com.

 

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I came across the below monument while browsing online looking for a monument in the shape of a chair to use as an example for a client. Even though everyone here at Mike’s Laser Etching/Sartin Memorials know that we can create just about anything our clients can dream up, this monument is shocking to most of us! This just goes to show that when we say that if you can imagine it, we can create it, we aren’t kidding!

Living Room Monument

Everything on this monument is life size and made of Jet Black Granite. It is set up just like the family’s tv room and instead of carpet, they have added stones on the “floor”. Where the tv was in the family’s real tv room, they have replaced it with an oval monument which lists the information that would typically be found on a monumet: last name, first names, dates of birth, dates of passing, along with several designs that are significant to the family. When the family visits their loved one, they are able to sit on the couches and spend time with one another. Although not the most comfortable, seeing as it is made of hard granite, the family will often bring cushions to place on the couch, so they can sit for a while as they reflect on their lost loved one.

This monument proves that nothing you can imagine is too big!

Anything is possible! To find out more about creating the monument you are seeing in your imagination, please give us a call at 877-836-0332 or email us at sara@mikeslaseretching.com or heather@mikeslaseretching.com for more information! We look forward to working with you to design a beautiful and unique monument for your loved one!

Unique Plant Monument

Posted: July 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

From time to time, as we browse the internet, we will come across a monument which really catches our attention. Typically, these monuments will be large sculptures or something that has really never been done before.

However, when I came across the monument below, it really tickled me. How creative is it? Really, it’s a very simple idea. There was a hole cut in a flush marker to place a vase, but the vase was not in stock at the time the flush marker was installed. When the family next visited the cemetery, they noticed that a small tree was growing out of the vase hole and decided to leave it be and not add the vase. The monument company who had installed the flush marker thought that this was really something nice and began offering these monuments to others. 

How cool is that?

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Children’s Memorials

Posted: July 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Although it is not an easy topic, we do often work with families who have lost a loved one who was only still a child. We have created several unique monuments which can be personalized to reflect the spirit of the child you have lost and how much they meant to you and your family.

Some of the monument we have in stock which are especially for children are:

Angel with Base

Angel Monument

 

Bear Hugging Monument

 

 

 

Bear Monument 2

 

Lamb Monument

 

 

 

Lamb Monument

 

Bear Holding Tile

 

 

Bear Monument

 

Keep in mind we can always order a custom monument if you don’t see something in our inventory that will fit your needs. Contact us today at 877-836-0332 to find out more!

Our Main Office is located in St. George’s, De, which is only about 10 minutes away from Glasgow, De and People’s Plaza.

Located at 4376 Kirkwood Saint Georges Rd in Bear, DE , next door to Saint Georges Cemetery. This is where the designing, laser etching, and sandblasting happens! Our largest display of cemetery memorial sales in DE is located in Saint Georges, showcasing over 400 headstones 

in over 15 different granite varieties. Although this location is staffed 6 days a week, to ensure a member of our staff will be available to assist you, please call 877-603-8484 or email us anytime atinfo@mlestones.com to set up an appointment.

View satellite imagery of this location by visiting the following URL: http://www.wikimapia.org/10301526/Tyson-F-Sartin-Inc-and-Sartin-Memorials , or view location on map below

Typically, when you think of purchasing a monument for your loved one, I’m sure you would picture making an appointment and driving to a local sales lot. Traditionally, this is how most monument dealers present their products to a client. While Mike’s Laser Etching/Sartin Memorials does still offer this type of monument sales, we also offer two other sales options which have not only allowed us to work with clients from all over the United States, including as far away as Hawaii and Alaska, but have also allowed us to work with clients who prefer not to or unable to come in person to a sales lot. It is our goal here at Mike’s Laser Etching/Sartin Memorials to ensure that our clients are able to purchase and design a unique and beautiful monument for their loved one, while understanding that this is one of the most difficult purchases they have ever had to make.

IN HOME APPOINTMENT

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Call a member of our sales staff at 877-603-8484 or 877-836-0332 to schedule an in home appointment. We can travel a reasonable distance and have staff who live in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware, all who are able to travel for an in home appointment. We have found that these types of appointments help with those who are home bound and are not comfortable working via email to create and purchase a monument. We are able to create previews, draw up contracts and take payments, all from the comfort of your own home.

ONLINE SALES

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Email our sales staff at info@mlestones.com or give us a call at 877-836-0332 to start your online monument purchase. Our sales staff, most of whom are also certified graphic artists, will work with you over the phone and via email to create and purchase a unique and beautiful monument. In today’s society, you can purchase just about anything online. But, most people don’t know that you can also purchase a monument for your loved one online as well. We can work via the telephone and internet with clients who are both local and non-local. We typically determine whether or not the cemetery in which the stone will be installed is within travel distance for our setting crew on the first phone call or email. If our setting crew can install the monument, we will include the cost of this installation in the price quote. If the cemetery or a local monument company needs to do the monument installation, although we do often assist with any applications or information the cemetery requires, the cost of installation would not be included in the total sales price. We have found that people from all over the country prefer to work with us for several different reasons, the most important being that we are customer satisfaction oriented, as well as offering some of the lowest prices in the United States. Purchasing a monument online is simple. If you can purchase clothing online, there is no reason you can’t purchase your monument online as well!

Due to the increasing number of local cemeteries who are allowing only Bronze Memorials to be installed on their grounds, Mike’s Laser Etching/Sartin Memorials has now begun offering high quality Bronze Memorials. Although not as easily customized as granite, there is still a large variety of design and layout options available to ensure that your loved one’s memorial still reflects who they were as a person and what they meant to those who loved them.

In addition to working with one of the leading Bronze companies in the world, we also include a granite backer for the Bronze Memorial. Typically, the Bronze Memorial is installed on a slab of concrete, which is then placed in the ground, just as a granite base would be. However, in order to ensure that the Bronze Memorial is as high quality as possible, we decided that our Bronze Memorials should all be placed on a granite backer, rather than a typical slab of concrete. Although the Gray Granite backer is included in the cost of all of our Bronze Memorials, we do also have an option to upgrade to a different color to granite for an additional cost.

To learn more about our Bronze Memorials, visit our website -at: http://mikeslaseretching.com/bronze.html

Or, give Heather or Sara a call at 877-836-0332 or email us at info@mikeslaseretching.com