Pallmann Magic Oil and Rubio Monocoat are both applied by buffing or rubbing the product into wood. When you're doing a small area by hand, this pad is the perfect tool. It's just a cut-down version of the buffer pads that we use to apply these oils. But this works for edges and corners that you can't reach with a big buffer. Or if you're doing furniture or countertops. The open texture of the red pad allows you to work the oil across and into the wood, but it doesn't absorb a lot of excess oil itself, which cuts waste significantly. Sure, you can apply hardwax oils with just a cloth rag, but that rag will soak up a lot of oil in the process. Red pads keep the oil on your floor, not in your applicator.