OxidationYou’ve probably heard about metal polish “cleaning off the oxidation from metal”. While that’s fine to say in terms of marketing, it’s a bit misleading in terms of the actual science; oxidation is a process, not a thing that you can exactly “scrub away”. Oxidation is when oxygen combines with another element. This can happen slowly over the surface of metal, steel, or iron, or quickly as with burning wood. Essentially, oxygen atoms combine with the atoms of an element and break it down.
The Problem With Most Metal PolishMost metal polishes use abrasive materials – often petroleum-based – to deeply scratch the surface of the metal and “remove the oxidation” (which is to say, remove the outer layer of the metal that has been oxidized). Here’s the problem: this creates a lot of damage to the surface of the metal, causing abrasions which are a breeding ground for even more oxidation. This is why the problem only seems to get worse over time; you’ve removed the stains but at the cost of removing the protective outer surface of the metal, allowing oxidation to occur again – and this time, much faster. In short, you’ve just created more work for yourself to get the same results.
How Sheen Genie DiffersThe reason people consider Sheen Genie the best metal polish is because it’s the product of advancements in chemistry that can remove the stain of oxidation with a non-abrasive, water-based formula that, through a chemical reaction, removes the stains. This means 2 things:
- You aren’t causing all that damage to the metal that other metal polishes do, and
- You don’t have to scrub so hard!
How To Use Sheen Genie
- Add some to a terry cloth or soft towel (about a quarter-sized amount).
- Give it just a bit of pressure against the metal surface and start rubbing it in.
- Now, get a new terry cloth or soft towel and wipe off any of the dried product.