Lazy Late-Summer Cleaning to Make Your Place Shine

published Aug 3, 2018
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(Image credit: Aniko Levai )

By August, the sparkle of our spring cleaning efforts can start to fade like even the best spray tan. But the summer is often too hot—and too busy—to tackle a deep clean. Welcome to late-summer cleaning: By looking around your place and identifying a few low-key chores, you can prolong that summer shine without breaking a sweat. Aniko Levai, the blogger behind Place of My Taste, invited us into her home to share some little tasks that won’t ruin the season’s lazy vibes.

Look Where You Usually Don’t

This time of year is just the right moment for considering the oft-neglected spots, as sweat and grime can start to leave their marks everywhere. Disinfect light switches (when was the last time you did that?) or wipe down the windowsills to reflect all the late summer sunshine.

(Image credit: Aniko Levai )

Give Some Love to What You Love

Have you ever found yourself gazing at a window full of beautiful houseplants basking in the sunlight…that acts as one big spotlight on how they could all use a good spritz and wipe down? (Plant friends get dusty too.) Take a few moments to linger on your favorite focal points, then help them shine.

And while you’re at the window, maybe throw those curtains in the wash. You can even take a little nap during the spin cycle.

(Image credit: Aniko Levai )

Kick Your Shoes Off

The sensation of cool floors under bare feet on a hot day is one of summer’s simple pleasures. Get the full experience by giving your tiles a quick shine. The tiles in Aniko’s home are both statement-making and somehow always seem clean. She keeps them vibrant with Bona® stone, tile and laminate floor cleaners. They’re easy to use and safe on sealed hard surfaces. Plus, when the dirt and sand from all that summer fun sit on your floors, they can do irreversible damage. The little effort now will save you a big headache later.

Anyone with hardwood floors knows they can trust Bona—they’ve been in the floor-cleaning game for more than 100 years—but the brand works on floors of all types. Their stone, tile and laminate products are ideal for quick cleans: Just spray and mop (try Bona’s Premium Microfiber Mop). Designed especially for hard surfaces, the rinse-free formula tackles dirt buildup without streaks or residue. And they’re GREENGUARD GOLD–certified, which means it’s met rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. Or more simply, you can trust that it’s safe for your family.

This post was created by the Apartment Therapy Creative Studio and is sponsored by Bona.
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