Archive for October 4th, 2009

David Artsmith  –  Marble vases are a classic piece of upscale home decor. Marble is an elegant material that has been chosen by artists and kings for centuries. It is particularly attractive when used in vases because the material can take such a high polish, that the stone will actually glisten in the light.

One of the most important things you need to know about marble vases is that you can ruin them if you try to wash them with the wrong chemicals. Marble is a base in an acid base relationship. When it comes in contact with an acidic substance, such as most of the commercial soaps on the market, a chemical reaction occurs and the stone becomes discolored. This stain is permanent, and there is no way to remove it, save grinding down the stone itself.

To avoid ruining your vases, you should only clean them with warm water and a wash cloth. Marble doesnt get very dirty naturally, the glistening polished surface will generally slide dirt and dust right off of it. If you absolutely have to give the piece a good cleansing, there are specially made non acidic marble soaps that can be purchased.

You also have to be careful about what you use to wipe down the piece. Marble is a type of stone so it is hard, but the polished surface is actually rather fragile, and can become scratched quite easily. If you use a scrub brush with thick sharp bristles, you risk damaging the polished perfection of the stone.

Marble vases are a wonderful companion to any upscale home’s decor. The beauty of the natural stone compliments the unique features found in floral arrangements quite well, and its upscale nature tends to elevate the style of any space into which one is brought.