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: Jonny Valiant
Now it’s time to get into the groove: the most important tool for cleaning wicker and rattan is an old toothbrush—perfect for delving into the crevices of these coastal furniture favorites. First, use a soft cloth dipped in mild soap and water to wipe off the furniture surface, then take care of any dirt or grime in the grooves with the toothbrush. Let the furniture dry completely in the sun, and apply a layer of lacquer with a paintbrush for added protection.