Brushed metal has a dull polish and is made through friction. The metal is polished with a fine bristle brush on a belt or wheel that moves in the same direction the whole time, then softened with a greaseless compound or a medium non-woven abrasive belt or pad. This leaves a dull, matte sheen on the steel. Although it loses its ability to reflect light, the steel retains some of its lustre and gains very fine lines in the direction of the brushing. It is a distinctive look that is often chosen for decorative items.