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Q: We just cleaned our cedar deck with a product that smells like bleach. We also used a pressure washer (before reading in your column that we probably shouldn't) and now the deck is gray and fuzzy. We also put on a coating of Thompson's Water Seal, but it didn't help. Is there anything we can do now to make the deck look better? --Gary B. A: Your first step is to remove the gray appearance and the fine, fuzzy layer – which is actually wood fiber that's been torn up by the impact of the high-pressure water. Depending on the severity of the "fuzz," you can do this with a stiff nylon brush, or you may need to actually sand the deck. If you have to sand it, first make sure the deck is completely dry. Then I would suggest starting with 40- or 50-grit paper and working up to 80- to 100-g...