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Old 04-08-2018, 09:01 AM   #1
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Statues for Rock Garden


The picture looks ok but there are years of dirt and stains that are in the nooks and crannies of this statue and 12 others. I would like to know what solutions I can perform to make the statue look like new.
I tried overnight bleaching using ÖxyiClean but it was not good enough.
Suggestions anyone.
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Old 04-08-2018, 09:09 AM   #2
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If it's concrete it could be pressure washed.
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Old 04-08-2018, 09:11 AM   #3
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I would use a pressure washer with a yellow or green tip. Don't get too close until you can judge the pressure.
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Have you tried a very low pressure wash.

I would use my K-Archer electric pressure washer, keeping the nozzle way back from the piece, so as to not rip it apart, or send it flying away. And using the nozzle that delivers the least concentrated spray.

Or maybe a natural bristle scrub brush, not the plastic bristled ones, a natural plant fiber bristle.


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It's appears to be plaster and it's too light to be concrete at 17.5 inches tall
and 8 inches at it's widest point.
I do not own a pressure washer and I think the cost for a decent one, would out weigh the amount of time I would use it. It might be cheaper to buy new or used statues.
What about using TSP? If the statue is plaster, would using TSP be a good alternative?
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If they are plaster, any acidic chemical will destroy them.

Plaster is made from a limestone base, limestone is basically calcium, transformed by geological activity.

A nozzle for your garden hose, and the previously recommended scrub brush, should give enough pressure, and scrubbing action to get the crud out of the details of the statuettes.


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Thanks,
I will try the garden hose and see how that works. I will also check with relatives to see if they own a pressure washer.
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Try a coin-op car wash.
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We have a tool rental store that rents out power washers for around $26.
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A pressure washer up close will move this, more like throw it since it is lightweight material. Your apt to break it if someone isn't holding it tight. Even in that case a pressure washer still may break the smaller parts off of it. Only use a pressure washer if you don't really care if it gets damaged. If you care about it, clean it by hand. Maybe a small brush with brass bristles could be helpful.
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Very pretty & detailed. Does it have a luster, or is it still wet from cleaning? I'd try a soft brush, like a toothbrush & dish soap, even toothpaste, before I'd blast it with a power washer. Then if needed, I'd try a slightly abrasive cleanser, less abrasive than Comet. You can test a portion.

If it's been outside, it may have minerals from the hose water on it, depending on your area.

TSP is basic not acidic.
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The statue was dry when I took the picture. The statues have a flat finish.
My thoughts went back to the "OxyiClean" on my first attempt to clean them.
Even though it did remove some stains and dirt, it was not enough. So I decided to try regular bleach and it worked.
I used a 17 gallon trash can to submerge them.
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