Carrolls Woodcraft Supplies


Swansdown Mops

These genuine Swansdown mops are made right here in Australia and are one of the best ways we have found to put a brilliant wax finish onto timber especially if you are using our EEE-Ultra Shine, Traditional Wax or both. They also work extremely well with Shellawax and Shellawax Cream.

Using one of these mops can cut the time it takes to buff a wax finish to a matter of seconds, depending upon the size of the work to be buffed. A tabletop will only take an couple of minutes easy work with the 100 fold buff compared to around 15 minutes or more of arm wrenching, back aching hand rubbing. It will leave a much nicer shine on the timber because it is working with the grain rather than putting swirls on the surface that you would get from using a lambs-wool buff, which works with a circular motion. These mops also work much cooler than a lambs-wool buff in a drill or angle grinder, making them much safer to use on surfaces that may be effected by heat.

The mops are made of genuine swansdown which is woven to form a soft fabric sheet of material called a fold these sheets are put together in a stack of 50, 75 , or 100, cut to size, securely fastened between two heavy washers and finally the centre hole is punched out.

When these mops are new they will shed a lot of fluff the first few times they are used, to minimize and control this shedding it is a good idea to condition the mop before using it. This is done by running the mop at high speed then putting a piece of very course abrasive (16 grit is ideal) in contact with the edge of the mop that is used for buffing. This will drag off any of the loose fibres with a controlled action. This can also be done using a hacksaw blade and a bit of care.

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