As the summer stretches on, and your patio furnishings start to show signs of use, you may want to try these simple ways of restoring them to their original luster.

• For vinyl cushions and fabrics without specific instructions for upkeep, try a mixture of water and mild detergent with an “oxi-cleansing” additive for stains. Avoid chlorine bleach which can corrode stitching and cause discoloration. Rinse thoroughly and dry without direct sunlight. For longevity’s sake, invest in weather-resistant slipcovers.

• Wicker should be vacuumed and/or brushed before washing with a gentle soap/water solution, rinsing with a garden hose (not a power washer), and then patting dry.

• Metal furniture will keep its appearance longer if you apply and buff a coating of car wax after wiping clean and drying.

• Natural woods fare well when scrubbed with a commercial oil soap and water solution (not detergent), then rinsed with water and patted dry. They can also retain their integrity longer with a weather-resistant stain or urethane treatment.

Pro tip: Before trying any of these techniques, always test in an inconspicuous area first.

Once your furniture is looking brand-new again, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the summer.