steel wool

a tangled or matted mass of stringlike steel shavings, used for scouring, polishing, smoothing, etc.

1895–1900 Unabridged
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steel wool
a tangled or woven mass of fine steel fibres, used for cleaning or polishing

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Example sentences
Take fine steel wool and fill the inside of a tube at the center.
Wet steel wool with solvent and rub over the wood to remove varnish buildup and
  smooth out checked surface.
Put caulk around the steel wool to keep it in place.
Instead of a candle, place a large wad of wet steel wool in the jar as in the
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