It’s easy to bring your outdoor spaces back to life and make them shine. These simple secrets will help you clean and refresh everything from patio stains to mildewed umbrellas—once you’re finished, you won’t recognize your own deck.
Photographer: Tria Giovan
A good, thorough annual base cleaning in early spring is the key to happily enjoying your outdoor space the rest of the year, whether you’re entertaining a crowd on short notice or just kicking back. First, clear all furniture and plants out of the way, then sweep up sand, leaves, and debris. Next, rinse the entire patio with a garden hose. De-grime and tackle oily spots and stains with a 10:1 solution of warm water and an environmentally safe cleaner, such as Simple Green. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes, then use a scrub brush or stiff broom across the patio surface and rinse thoroughly. Now step back and look at the splendor!