With regards to steel wool, I always buy the scouring pads that are made from plastic threading rather than the metal ones. The plastic ones last much longer and when not in use, do not rust. They are much easier on all types of surfaces.
At 03:47 PM 3/7/2002 -0700, you wrote:
Steel Wool: This ranges from the old style SOS pads to different grades
of steel wool available at the hardware store. We've found
that 000 steel wool (very, very fine) is safe on most
surfaces and will shine up many surfaces without scratching.
The typical SOS pad is good for shining your stainless
steel or aluminum pots and pans but may be too coarse for
Corning Ware or ceramic surfaces.