Taking Care Of Marble Home Decor

Taking Care Of Marble Home Decor

by David Artstone

     

Marble is an ancient and highly prized material that has been featured in some of the world's greatest works of art and architecture for centuries. Today it is available in more than just large scale construction products; you can actually bring the classic elegance of marble into your home in the form of a series of attractive and stylish home decor products.

However what most people don't realize is that marble home accessories actually require a little bit of extra care and maintenance. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning, maintaining, or repairing such pieces.

The most important thing that you need to know if that marble is a chemical base, in a traditional acid base relationship. That means that when this substance comes in contact with an acid, a chemical reaction occurs. The nature of this reaction is usually a nasty stain right in the surface of the marble.

The main reason that this is important is that most commercial cleansers that you buy at the grocery store are acidic in nature. That means that if you use dish soap, or almost any cleaning agent, to wipe down a piece of marble decor, you will permanently stain it. You can also find acid in most juices, sodas, and a variety of other common food substances.

Instead of using traditional soaps to clean marble, usually all you will need to do is wipe it down with a warm wash cloth. If heavy cleaning is necessary, there are specially designed marble soaps that you can purchase at most supply stores or tile outlets.

Another consideration when caring for marble home products is scratching. Most marble pieces have a highly polished shine on the surface. This surface may be made from stone, but the perfection of the polish is actually quite delicate, and can be prone to scratching. It is important that you never use anything rough, like a brillo pad, to clean the surface of a piece of marble decor.

Marble accessories can be a wonderful and elegant addition to your homes decor, however there are certain precautions that you have to take when acting to maintain the quality of these pieces. As long as you are delicate with the finish, and attentive to the acidity of your cleansers, your marble pieces should continue to look beautiful and vibrant for years to come.


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