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Stainless Steel Wool Uses

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      Stainless steel wool has a number of different applications. While steel wool is considered a great tool for cleaning and removing stains such as rust marks or scuff marks, there are a number of other things that it can be used for, such as removing crayon or repelling rodents.

    Clean Sneakers

    • Stainless steel wool can be used to make dirty sneakers look good and clean. Take a wetted stainless steel wool soap pad and use it to scrub gently on the outside of the sneaker. The wetted steal wool should remove stains and other materials that stick to the shoes. After scrubbing, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away any dirt or excess material and the shoe.

    Crayon Removal

    • Use stainless steel wool to remove crayon from a number of surfaces, including wallpaper. Take a stainless steel wool pad and begin to gently rub it on the intended surface that has the crayon markings. Instead of rubbing in a circular motion, make deliberate strokes in one direction. This will help make sure that the crayon is removed and not spread around.


    • Stainless steel wool can be used to remove heel scuffs from many types of flooring such as marble, tile and vinyl. Use a dampened steel wool pad and gently rub the area that has been scuffed. Then wipe the area down with a dampened towel or sponge to remove any excess dirt.

    Rodent Repellent

    • Stainless steel wool is a good way to repel incoming rodents and creatures that try to get into your home. If you discover a mouse, rat or some other type of creature's hole in your home, use steel wool to plug up the hole instead of newspaper or other products that can be easily chewed up. The creatures, especially rodents, will not enjoy chewing through stainless steel wool.


    • Stainless steel wool is great at removing rust on almost any surface. Use a dry stainless steel wool pad to remove excess surface rust and then moisten the steel wool pad to remove the finer areas of rust on the object. This works well with outdoor furniture, tools and other metal objects exposed to the elements.

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