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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Another stellar pick for patio furniture, teak naturally resists mold and rot and requires little care; it will mildew over time, so keep this durable wood looking its best with a mild soap and water wash, using a soft brush that won’t damage the wood’s surface. If stains remain, add bleach or vinegar to the soap and water mix. Allow the furniture to dry completely. For future protection against the elements, apply a teak sealer.