Posts Tagged ‘final resting place’

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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Completed Monument for Kevin Doyle

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This monument shows an option when purchasing a companion monument when one person has passed away. Even though many people wish to share a companion monument with their spouse, some do no wish to have their name included on the monument prior to their own passing. Therefore, rather than including both names, only the name and dates of the person who has passed away are placed on the monument. Typically, both names and dates of birth would always be included, with the date of passing being added for the second person at a, hopefully, much later date. With this option, as you can see with Doyle, none of the information will be added until they have passed away.

This is just another option for completing a monument which is a partial pre-need. It is really up to the family to decide hwo they would like to proceed.

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WHY BUY MIKE’S LASER ETCHING/SARTIN MEMORIALS?

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When it comes time to purchase a monument for your loved one(s), here at Mike’s Laser Etching/Sartin Memorials, we understand that you have an overwhelming number of monument companies to choose from. Whether you are looking to purchase a monument from a local company or an online company, it can often be difficult to decide which company you are going to put your faith in to create the vision you have for your loved one’s memorial. Because this is an extremely important purchase, one that you want to ensure is done perfectly, it is important to know why you should choose one company over the others. In order to help you to understand why Mike’s Laser Etching/Sartin Memorials is your best choice, we have come up with a list of the 10 biggest reasons you should purchase your monument from us.

 

#1- WE CARE Our priority is customer service! Please allow us to assist with creating a beautiful headstone to honor your lost loved one at their final resting place.

#2- SAVE $$$ We are a direct importer of headstones. By cutting out the middle man, we can offer a high quality product at a much lower cost to the customer.

#3- FULL SERVICE COMPANY The only thing we don’t do is cut the rock out of the quarry! We handle your memorial from start to finish!

#4- HUGE INVENTORY 700+ headstones in stock & more arriving every month! We offer the largest selection of in stock stones in the Tri-State Area!

#5- CUSTOM MEMORIALS If we don’t have the perfect memorial for your loved one in stock, we’ll get it! With our Custom Memorial Service, the perfect stone can be completed & installed in approximately 60-90 days!

#6- EXPRESS SERVICE Want it by a certain date? With our express service option your loved one’s memorial can be completed & installed in time for special life events (ex: birthdays, holidays, etc.), in as little as one week!

#7-GRAPHIC DESIGN Schedule an appointment with one of our Graphic Artists and they will turn your ideas into a beautiful custom memorial right before your eyes!

#8- ORDER ONLINE Save time & order from your home! Visit our website, sartinmemorials.com, select a memorial, then call or email us. We will work with you by phone, email, fax, mail….. whatever works best for you!

#9 SHIPPING Not Local? We can ship your memorial to any cemetery in the U.S.A., even Alaska or Hawaii!

#10 EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE Owner, Mike Walter, has been in the cemetery memorial business for over 40 years. Mike & his knowledgeable & dedicated staff have the experience to get the job done right!

 

We have found, in speaking with our clients, that these 10 reasons were the biggest factors in their decision to work with us. 

To hear what our clients have to say about us in their own words, visit the Testimonials page of our website at: http://mikeslaseretching.com/testimonials.html

For more information, or to get started purchasing a monument, give us a call toll free at 877-836-0332, email us at info@mlestones.com or if you live in the Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania or New Jersey, feel free to stop by one of our 5 display lots to meet with a representative today!

Why do some cemeteries allow any type of monument but others have strict restrictions?

Anyone who has worked in the monument business and has had to deal with cemeteries on a regular basis knows how much one cemetery’s restrictions differ from another’s. When I am contacted by a client to design a monument, one of the very first questions that I ask them is “Have you checked with the cemetery to ensure that the monument you would like to purchase is allowed?”. Sadly, many times people are not even aware that there can be restrictions on which monuments are allowed until it comes time to design and purchase one. If you have not yet purchased a burial plot for your loved one, or you are researching in order to purchase a plot and monument pre-need, please refer to my blog about what to know when purchasing a burial plot: https://mikeslaseretchingsartinmemorials.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/what-you-should-know-before-purchasing-a-burial-plot/

Typically, when a cemetery has restrictions on what type of monuments may be installed on their plots, it is for one of two reasons.

Religious Affiliation

The first of these reasons has to do with the cemetery’s religious affiliation. Although there are a few Baptist and Methodist cemeteries which require specific religious designs on the monuments placed within them, from our experience, Catholic cemeteries tend to be the most strict. When I am told that it is a Catholic cemetery, I can normally guarantee that the monument design is going to have to have the “praying hands” design or specific crosses. Although many cemeteries which have restrictions will bend the rules if the plot owner or their loved ones request it, Catholic cemeteries typically will not allow any exceptions to their restrictions, not matter how much a loved one begs them to reconsider.

I am not in any way “putting down” the Catholic cemeteries. From what I gather from speaking with several devout Catholics, the specific designs are required because according to their faith, even the monument on your final resting place should show your Catholic faith. The praying hands with the rosary and the specific crosses are meant to represent that you were a devout Catholic, who deserves to be in God’s good graces. Therefore, anyone who is purchasing a plot in a Catholic cemetery should know beforehand that there will most likely be severe restrictions placed upon what is and is not allowed. If, for whatever reason, you do not wish to include these Catholic symbols on your monument, it may be best for you to consider purchasing a plot in a non denominational cemetery.

Non-denominational and non religious cemeteries are typically the most laid back when it comes to the restrictions on what monuments can be placed on their plots. No matter where you live, you should be able to locate a cemetery which will allow you to have the type of monument you desire. From my research as well as what I’ve learned from working with people all over the country, you should be able to locate a non-denominational or a non religious cemetery in your area.

The only nation wide exception that I have found when it comes to the cemeteries which are the strictest is military cemeteries. Normally, there are no exceptions, ever, for any reason to what a military cemetery allows. The monuments in these cemeteries are normally a plain cross shaped upright monument or a gray flush marker with lettering for the names and dates only. But, its common knowledge that when you decide to be buried in a government run cemetery that its going to be fairly generic. That is a decision that must be made by the family. However, be sure to keep in mind that it is always possible to relocate your loved one if you do not feel comfortable with their resting place or you feel as if they are not being honored in the way they should. While this is not an easy process, it is always an option when your peace of mind is being disrupted.

Easy Maintenance

The other main reason for cemetery restrictions is to ensure easy maintenance of the cemetery. If you were to walk through an older cemetery and then take a walk through a newer one, you will most likely notice that there is much more variety in an older cemetery than in a newer one. It is only very recently that cemeteries began allowing only flush markers in their cemeteries. When a cemetery does not allow any upright or slant monuments, it is typically to ensure that the caretaker is able to quickly and easily cut the grass, without having to cut around each monument individually. When every monument in an entire cemetery is a flush marker, the caretaker needs only drive right over top of them to cut the grass. 

If your loved one’s final resting place is in a cemetery which only allows flush markers, do not get discouraged. I have had many clients contact me in tears because they felt as if they could not honor their loved one’s they way they felt they should with something as generic as a flush marker. Thanks to modern technology, we can do just about anything. Even if a cemetery requires that the flush marker be gray, or another color which does not allow laser etching, we have many options for designing a beautiful, unique memorial to your loved one.

Also, keep in mind that you can always create a memorial garden outside of the cemetery if you feel as if the monument placed on their burial plot has not done them justice. When I lost a loved one and was not able to help create the monument because their spouse did not want any suggestions, we designed a bench to honor our loved one and placed it in his mother’s garden. So, we have a place where we can go to remember him and we were able to create a beautiful memorial which truly reflected the person he was, as our final gift to him.

It is important to remember that each cemetery has a different set of rules and regulations. Prior to staring your search for the perfect monument, it is best to request a written description of these rules and regulations. In doing this, you will ensure that the monument you choose will be approved and accepted by the cemetery.

If you have any questions regarding cemetery restrictions in general, please feel free to leave a comment. To begin designing a monument for your loved one, visit our website at http://www.mikeslaseretching.com.