Steel Wool, also known as Wire Wool, is a bundle of strands of very fine soft steel filaments, used in finishing and repairing work to polish wood or metal objects, as well as for household cleaning.

Steel Wool is made from low-carbon steel (low enough to be close to plain iron). It is not made by drawing " Steel Wool Wire " through a tapered die, but rather by a process more like broaching where a heavy steel wire is pulled through a toothed die that removes a thin wire shaving.


Steel wool is commonly used by woodworkers and craftsmen working with paint, lacquer and varnish.

Steel wool should not be used on oak, because remaining traces of iron may react with tannins in the wood to produce blue or black iron stain. Bronze wool or stainless steel wool may be used to avoid this.

Often it is used for professional cleaning processes not only on wooden surfaces but also on glass, because it is softer than these materials. For household cleaning use in many countries, including the United States, steel wool is sold as soap-impregnated pads under such trade names as Brillo Pad, Chore Boy, or S.O.S.

It is also useful in following industries :
Defence Industries , Automotive Industries, Dairy Industries and Shiping Industries etc.