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Care and Cleaning Tips for Your Loved One’s Wooden Urn

Published: August 8, 2022
cremation services White Oak, TX

After your loved one’s cremation services in White Oak, TX, keeping their wooden urn clean and in perfect condition is important. If you have not had to maintain a wooden urn before, you may not know the best way to keep it looking like new. Keep reading for the best practices when it comes to the upkeep of wooden urns.

About Wooden Urns

Wooden urns have been used for thousands of years to house the remains of loved ones. Still very popular today, wooden urns can be found being made from several types of wood including:

  • Maple
  • Bamboo
  • Cedar
  • Pine
  • Hickory
  • Walnut
  • Birch
  • Rosewood
  • Cherry
  • Mahogany
  • Oak
  • And more

With so many various woods being used, wooden urns can range in price with typically the hardwoods being a higher price point than softwoods. Just as there are many choices of wood, there are just as many choices of styles and designs. You can find wooden urns in classical boxes or rounded shapes as well as custom designs with elaborate engravings.

Wooden urns are durable and a wonderful choice for a family who wishes to have an urn that lasts and/or one that may be placed in a busier area as it won't break if it gets knocked over.

Placement of Your Wooden Urn

Even though wooden urns are durable, it is important to pay attention to where they are going to be kept. For example, wooden urns that are exposed to direct sunlight, over time can warp and crack. Also, you want to make sure your wooden urn is not in an area with high humidity as water and moisture can also cause the urn to warp over time.

Cleaning Your Wooden Urn

Because water can damage your wooden urn you never want to use water to clean it. Instead, for a light cleaning, simply take a soft dry cloth and gently wipe any dirt or dust buildup away. For a deeper clean, use a soft cloth and either a furniture polish made for wood or other wood-specific cleaners and oils. If you ever have questions about a certain cleaner or other products to use, contact the urn provider and see what is recommended.

Inspect the Urn for Damage

While you are cleaning your urn it’s important to inspect it for any damage. Are there any cracks in the wood? Is there any hardware broken or missing such as screws? If the repair is minor, you may be able to fix it yourself. However, if you do not feel confident in your skill level, or it is an issue that needs professional attention, contact the urn provider or funeral home so they can assist you with repairs.

Final Thoughts

Keeping your loved one’s urn in good condition after their cremation services in White Oak, TX is not difficult, it just takes time, care, and cleaning. Make sure you clean the urn regularly with deep cleanings and lighter dustings in between to keep the dust and dirt from building up. Following these simple care tips and your urn will remain like new for generations.

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