Break up your steel wool. This step is not strictly required, but it will help the disintegration process and speed things up. You will want to wear plastic gloves to avoid cutting your fingers. Cut the steel wool pads, and put the pieces in the container you are mixing your stain in.
Let it sit. You can create a very subtle stain overnight, if you want a Darker Stain watch the Video Below an extra Tip and step by step instructions.