10 Spring-Cleaning Tips for Your Porch

Get your outdoor spaces summer-ready with cleaning tips for everything from set-in concrete stains to mildewed umbrellas.

Spring-cleaning tips for your porch: Concrete patios

Photographer: Tria Giovan

Concrete Patios

Degrime with a 10:1 solution of warm water and an environmentally safe cleaner, such as Simple Green. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes, scrub with a stiff broom, and then rinse.

Spring-cleaning tips for your porch: Stains on concrete

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Stains on Concrete

Add bleach to the solution on the previous slide—about a cup for a 10' by 10' patio.

Spring-cleaning tips for your porch: Steps and siding

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Steps and siding

Pressure wash these areas to tackle dirt and mildew. Avoid pressure washing tiles, which can loosen from the force.

Spring-cleaning tips for your porch: Powder-coated Aluminum Furniture

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Powder-coated Aluminum Furniture

Don't scrub; if the finish wears off, it will corrode. Use a soft kitchen sponge and soapy water.

Spring-cleaning tips for your porch: Teak

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Teak

Wash, allow to dry completely, and then apply a teak sealer for added protection.

Spring-cleaning tips for your porch: Wood and Wicker

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Wood and Wicker

Clean with a soft brush and mild dish soap. Anything harsher could damage the surface.

Spring-cleaning tips for your porch: Wrought Iron

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Wrought Iron

Remove algae with a brush and a strong disinfectant—OdoBan works well.

Spring-cleaning tips for your porch: Outdoor Light Fixtures

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Outdoor Light Fixtures

Wipe with a soft, damp microfiber cloth. Avoid chemical cleaners, which can leave behind a filmy coating.

Spring-cleaning tips for your porch: Outdoor Cushions

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Outdoor Cushions

Clean with a sponge, water, and mild dish soap. Then prop them in the sun to dry.

Spring-cleaning tips for your porch: Umbrellas

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Umbrellas

Use warm water and an environmentally safe cleaner to rinse away mildew, and then leave open to dry.

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