steel wool


Definition of steel wool 

: an abrasive material composed of long fine steel shavings and used especially for scouring and burnishing

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If your guitar has a maple fretboard, don’t use steel wool or lemon oil at all. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 Curtis, always the sort of performer whose physicality subtly shifts depending on the role, plays 2018 Laurie as a woman made out of steel wool. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The new Halloween reimagines the franchise as a tale of maternal warrior women," 19 Oct. 2018 Rub over scratch with steel wool or fine-grade sandpaper, taking care to go in direction of wood grain and only over scratch. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix Scratched and Creaky Floorboards," 11 Feb. 2015 Avoid using steel wool on your stainless steel grill as that will leave scratches everywhere. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your BBQ Grill," 13 June 2018 Upon investigating, many found more hot dogs as well as balls of steel wool with pills in them, disguised with peanut butter. Marisa Russell, Woman's Day, "Someone Is Hiding Sharp Objects In Treats To Kill Dogs," 9 Mar. 2015 Immediately after use, hold your pan under running hot water and give it a quick swish with a nylon or natural-fiber brush; don't use steel wool or metal scrubbies. Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Seasoning And Caring For Your Cast-Iron Pans," 1 Nov. 2017 Light scratches can be dealt with using steel wool, but deeper scratches will need fine-grade sandpaper. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix Scratched and Creaky Floorboards," 11 Feb. 2015 Never use steel wool or other harsh scrubbing tools on nonstick cookware, and don’t use metal utensils like spatulas. Bryan Rogala, Outside Online, "Keep Your Backpacking Gear Working Like New," 24 May 2018

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steel wool was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of steel wool

: long threads of metal that are wound together to form a rough pad which is used for cleaning and polishing things

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