Creating a DIY stone spray for granite, marble, and quartz countertops can be a cost-effective and convenient way to keep them clean and shiny. Here’s a simple recipe you can try:
- Isopropyl Alcohol: This acts as a disinfectant and helps in cleaning the surface.
- Distilled Water: Used as a base to dilute the alcohol and make the spray gentle on the stone surface.
- Mild Dish Soap: Helps in removing grease and grime.
- Essential Oils (Optional): For a pleasant fragrance.
- Mixing: In a clean spray bottle, mix equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. For example, you can start with a mixture of 1 cup of alcohol and 1 cup of water.
- Adding Dish Soap: Add a few drops of mild dish soap to the mixture. Be careful not to add too much, as you don’t want the solution to be soapy.
- Optional: If you prefer a scented cleaner, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mixture. Some good options are lemon, lavender, or tea tree oil.
- Shake Well: Close the spray bottle and shake it well to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
- Preparation: Before using the spray, make sure to wipe down the countertops with a dry cloth to remove any loose debris.
- Application: Spray the DIY stone cleaner onto the surface of the countertops evenly.
- Cleaning: Use a soft cloth or sponge to gently wipe the surface, focusing on any areas with spills or stains. Avoid using abrasive scrubbers or cleaners, as they can scratch the stone surface.
- Drying: Allow the countertops to air dry, or you can use a clean, dry cloth to wipe away any excess moisture.
- Buffing (Optional): For an extra shine, you can buff the countertops with a microfiber cloth after they have dried completely.
- Test Spot: Before using the spray on the entire surface, it’s a good idea to test it on a small, inconspicuous area of the countertop to ensure compatibility.
- Regular Maintenance: To keep your countertops looking their best, it’s essential to clean up spills promptly and regularly wipe them down with a gentle cleaner like this DIY stone spray.
- Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia can damage the sealant on stone countertops, so it’s best to avoid them.