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.
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The beauty of powder-coated aluminum furniture is its protective coating’s built-in resistance to rust or mold. But you can improve its appearance—and durability!—with a seasonal gentle rinse: Use a garden hose to rinse your furniture off, then wipe it down with mild dish detergent and water. Use a soft brush, cloth, or kitchen sponge. Don’t scrub: if the finish wears off, the furniture will corrode. Be sure to rinse completely after cleaning to remove any soapy residue from nooks, crannies, and joints.