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Extra Fine Steel Wool Pad
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When it comes to cleaning and polishing wood or metal, steel wool’s advantages are its ability hold a liquid and its ability to conform to tight contours and crevices. The gentle action of extra fine steel wool removes grime and dirt without stripping or cutting through thin finishes.
Used by furniture makers and finishers, antique restorers, and craftsmen, this oil-free steel wool is crumble resistant and can be used for polishing, applying wax, smoothing a finish, adjusting the sheen of a finish, or polishing and cleaning metal, brass, copper, stainless steal, chrome. The 50 g roll can take care of numerous waxing jobs.
Apply wax or polish to the pad. Gently rub over a small area of the surface in a circular motion, going against the grain with just enough wax to coat the surface lightly. Rub thoroughly working it into hard to reach areas until the surface feels satiny smooth and not slick. Allow the wax to sit until it hazes over, anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the temperature and the humidity of the environment. Then buff with a soft dry cloth.
Robin Richardson’s step-grandfather was a second-generation cabinetmaker, and his stepfather worked for him. Richardson’s interests lay in architecture and furniture design, particularly chairmaking, but he also helped and learned from both of them. For almost 20 years, Richardson ran a shop in the warehouse district of downtown Houston where he designed, built, restored, and conserved wood and leather. He and his employees milled, joined, finished, and upholstered all of the furniture.
Richardson needed quality products to care for the furniture and leather in his shop, and after ordering such products from abroad for many years, he realized that he could make them himself and that other professionals and homeowners would want easier access to them as well. The first thing his clients always asked when he delivered a piece of furniture was, “How do I take care of it?” Hearing that for so many years was the inspiration for The Furniture Connoisseur.
The old European formulas that he had once used were effective but often noxious or strong-smelling or difficult to use. Richardson wanted to create furniture care that was not only suitable for an open-air furniture workshop, but also for homes, which were overwhelmed by the old products. For him, the priority is to make a product that works, using the long history and traditional knowledge he came to know, while striving to use as many natural and biodegradable ingredients possible — and where he has to make concessions for effectiveness, he makes the product as non-toxic and low odor as possible.
50 g roll