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: Richard Leo Johnson
They get good use when the weather’s good, but at the end of winter, those adorable patterned pillows can look a little rough. Give them a good scrubbing by mixing a quart of warm water, a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent, and a tablespoon of borax in a large bucket. Dip a sturdy sponge in the solution and use it to scrub all sides of the cushions. Allow the solution to soak into the cushions for 15 minutes, then rinse with a hose. Stand each cushion up on one side to dry completely in the sun.