Power Washing and Roof Cleaning Forum

Welcome to the National Soft Wash Alliance, America's Number One Free Networking and Training Forum. Join Today
Members Login
Post Info TOPIC: White furring on decking

Exterior Cleaner

Status: Offline
Posts: 55
White furring on decking

Any tips or tricks to remove white furring on decking after power washing? Deck had a sealer on it.

Will it weather off?

Something like in the picture.




Exterior Cleaning CNY

Oswego, New York 13126

1 315 342 4564

Michael Pasco



Approved Exterior Cleaner

Status: Offline
Posts: 1075

Mike,.depending on the age of the wood and prior care,.fuzzing is common on different severity levels. But that looks like bleach was used,..and it will cause the issue more than other cleaners in my experience. In fact there is tool called an "Osborn Brush". Removing furring is common among the guys who do this on a higher end level than I do. The point is,.if the guys who do this at higher levels have to defurr,..then it must be common to a degree.  You can't sell a real deck cleaning around here,.which would include sanding and or defurring.

That doesn't look that bad and can be stained or sealed.  Although that was maybe just PW with water,..from here it looks bleached out a little,..I prefer to use cleaners,.. Sodium Percarbonate and/or NAOH,..or a mix of both and Oxalic to brighten and neutralize.  Sometimes bleach is used if wood is darkened from water damage or they have been "stained" from having so much green mold on them for a long period of time.

Wood is a per job determination,..like most of our work.


-- Edited by Jeff Wible on Wednesday 31st of August 2016 07:18:29 AM


Raystown Pressure Washing

Since 1996

Approved Exterior Cleaner

Status: Offline
Posts: 139

It won't weather off but it will rub off over time as they walk on it. Especially if they drag their feet a lot..lol. Furring like that doesn't happen with just pressure washing. Unless someone used bleach the last time and didn't rinse well. If you have an orbital sander it doesn't take much to get it off. 60 grit


Elephant Roof & Exterior Cleaning


Benson, NC.

David Hoover


Approved Exterior Cleaner

Status: Offline
Posts: 1172

Don't seal or stain the deck before getting it up or you will see it.
Us this pole sander to defurr but go with grain.


Btw, proper way to clean a deck with old sealer or stain is to use a stripper (hydroxide based), pressure wash well, use a neutralizer/brightner  (oxalic or citrus based acid) then if any fur, when fully dry sand.

Best of luck.

Those sanders can be gotten at homey Depot or any sher Williams.

-- Edited by Maverick Contracting on Monday 5th of September 2016 10:59:06 PM


Maverick Contracting

Long Island, N.Y.

Page 1 of 1  sorted by
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.

Tweet this page Post to Digg Post to Del.icio.us
Please log in to join the chat!