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Fiddes Hard Wax Oil

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Fiddes Hard Wax Oil is an extremely hard wearing, non-yellowing finishing oil perfect for wooden floors, kitchen surfaces, children's toys, skirting, furniture, even unsealed tiles!

Available in a clear matt, satin and gloss finish or as 9 satin colours in the Fiddes Hard Wax Oil Tints range, or as Natural which helps retain the woods original shade.

Made from the finest ingredients, childsafe, treadfast and quick drying. Offers excellent coverage, making it an extremely cost effective hardwax oil comparable in performance to Osmo Polyx Oil.

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Hard Wax Oil Overview

Hard wax oil produces a quick-drying, water repellent, natural looking finish that will not peel or flake. With a blend of natural oils and waxes, hardwax oil offers exceptional durability and resistance to any interior area subject to a high degree of wear. Suitable for use on most interior wooden surfaces including wooden flooring, kitchen worktops and cupboards, skirting, spindles, doors, furniture and even unsealed terracotta tiles and quarry tiles due to their porous, wood-like properties.

Hard Wax Oil Colours

Our hard wax oil is available in a clear matt, satin and semi-gloss finish, or in 9 Fiddes Hard Wax Oil Tints. All can be intermixed to create different shades, i.e. Mixing 50% Antique with 50% Clear oil will achieve a light oak shade.


We recommend that you always do a small test area first. Ensure that all surfaces are clean, dry and free from any previous finishes before applying the Hard Wax Oil. If required, sand area with 150 grade sandpaper or finer, then remove any residual dust.

Important: Stir thoroughly before and during application.


Hard Wax Oil can be applied directly from the tin onto a prepared surface with a good quality paint brush, cloth or mohair roller. No thinner or primer is required.

Fiddes Hard Wax Oil is ideally applied in a well ventilated area at room temperature. For best results, and maximum protection we recommend 2 coats on hard woods such as oak, and 3 coats on soft woods such as pine but a test area needs to be done to ensure the wood can accept the 3rd coat.

  • 1st coat: Stir the hardwax oil thoroughly before and during use. Apply THINLY and work into the wood following the direction of the grain. Remove any excess hard wax oil immediately with a cloth.
  • 2nd coat: Apply a thin second coat once the first has dried. Once dry the surface can be buffed with a dry cloth to improve the shine.

Maintaining your finish

For general maintainance clean your Hard Wax Oil finish with a damp (not wet) cloth, leave for a few minutes, then buff dry. For better results and to help remove stuborn scuffs and marks use Fiddes Floor Surface Cleaner or Manns Wood Surface Cleaner

Important: Oiled or waxed floors and surfaces should not be cleaned with a steam cleaner or steam mop.

Repairing damaged areas

Scuffs, stains, marks and damages can be easily "repaired".

  • Minor Blemishes can be removed by buffing with a cloth or brush as well as vacuuming
  • Light damage such as stains can easily repaired by lightly sanding and re-applying a fresh coat of Hard Wax Oil
  • Heavy damage including scratches can be easily 'repaired' by sanding the affected area back to the original wooden surface then re-applying a fresh coat of the Hardwax oil

Equipment Cleaning

Application equipment such as brushes and floor applicator pads can be cleaned with White Spirit. It's important that brushes and other applicators are cleaned immediately after use before the product hardens.


This product is occasionally decanted into our own tins under the Manns label if stock needs to be made available in smaller sizes. The product however is always Fiddes Hard Wax Oil and compatible with other hardwax oils of a comparable quality.

Fiddes Hardwax Oil has been tested in accordance with the BS3900 G5 and BS 3900 E15 standards meaning it is highly resistant to liquids and wear. It has also passed the EN71 Toy Safety Test making it suitable for application onto childrens toys.


Q.Is the hard wax oil durable enough for a table top?

A. Absolutely, this product is perfect for any wooden items requiring good protection. Another big advantage of this product is that repairs are very easy to do should the need arise.

Q.Is hard wax oil any different to linseed oil or Danish oil?

A. It's better because the wax content keeps the oil suspended in the surface of the wood for longer. This means that it's a more durable oil and that that maintenance is required less frequently. Also 2-3 coats are recommended (2 for everywhere except table tops and high traffic areas) where as 3-5 coats are recommended for Linseed oil, Danish oil and Tung oil.

Q. I have an old oak floor that has been finely sanded, is the hard wax oil a good choice for it?

A. It is beneficial if the wood grain is open when applying this product because hard wax oil mainly sinks into the wood and becomes a part of the wood. For that reason it requires a fairly open grain to accept the oil and Whilst being applied it is necessary to work the product into the wood. If you want to use any oil on your floor, but especially a wax oil it is recommended to sand the floor with a 150 grit sandpaper or coarser. Then this product will be ideal for you.

Q. Can i use a steam cleaner or steam mop to clean my oiled floor?

A. In short, 'No'. Oiled and waxed finishes on floors are 'Micro-porous' which means that although the wood is protected, it can still breath as it is not completely sealed as it would be with a varnish.

Cleaning oiled or waxed floors with a steam cleaner or steam mop introduces high temperature and pressure water which can strip and penetrate the oiled or waxed finish and potentially damage the wooden floor.

Drying Times

A thin coat of Hard Wax Oil will dry in around 2-3 hours, a medium coat normally dries in around 4-6 hours in a well-ventilated warm room. Allow a longer drying time in cold, damp or humid conditions. Remove any excess oil to avoid extended drying times.

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Fiddes Hard Wax Oil reviews - Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars, based on 196 reviews.

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 125ml Sample, Clear - Satin
Lovely to use, good value
Easy to apply - follow the instructions. Beautiful finish. Using on pine stairs, windowsills etc, and the finish is lovely.
Andy Whannell

 2.5L, Clear - Satin
Fantastic product
This is such an easy to apply product and gives a beautiful finish. I've had it on my kitchen worktops and they look as good now as when it was applied two years ago.
Jane Field

 2.5L, Clear - Satin
Lovely finish
We didn't know what to put on our new oak veneered doors to protect and finish them, then someone recommended Fiddes hard wax oil. This product is easy to use with a microfibre cloth and leaves a really nice finish. It has brought out the wood grain on our doors and the satin clear oil is very subtle and leaves a slight sheen which is just what we wanted. Great product and would strongly recommend!
Christopher Gillie

 2.5L, Clear - Satin
Excellent product, easy care for wooden and brick or quarry tile floors.
Excellent product, delivered on time in good condition.
Caroline Gwilliam

 2.5L, Clear - Satin
Easy to apply and left my table with a beautiful sheen rather than a high gloss coating that varnishes leave.
I would highly recommend this product for ease of application and the soft natural looking appearance as well as the protection it offers the wood.
Rhian John-Hankinson

 125ml Sample, Clear - Matt
Great finish and easy to apply
We applied this using brushes to do the edges and then rollers on the rest of the floor, wiping up afterwards using a microfibre cloth. Even if you don't think you're leaving excess wipe with a cloth because this will make sure you get a smooth finish. We're very happy with the results.
Milen Mirov

 2.5L, Clear - Matt
High quality wax
I used this on soft wood floorboards which I sanded myself. I applied 3 coats, and the result is very good. The wax brings out the texture and the beauty of the wood, dries very quickly and the smell disappeared within a day.
Nikki Brabant

 1L, Clear - Matt
Was really worried after only two days of having our new oak worktops - little black marks from metal things left on them and stained. Reviews on oak worktops made me feel like I had made a big (expensive) mistake. This hard wax oil has changed my mind completely - worktops look fab and are waterproof and stain free. Even worth the extra p&p so it would arrive by the weekend.
W Herbert

 1L, Clear - Semi Gloss
Easy to use great finsih excellent for real wood, oak
If your requirements are to restore or lay new wood floors then this product will give you an excellent hard wearing finish with great appearance
Glenys Waters

 2.5L, Clear - Satin
I carefully read all the reviews as I wanted a finish on my doors that looked natural. My doors had previously been stained dark so we carefully sanded them back to natural wood. The fiddles hard wax oil clear satin, 2 coats applied, has given them a lovely finish. There has been a slight colour change but I did expect this. I have also used it on my parquet flooring.
Brian Body

 1L, Clear - Satin
Its not hard it was easy!!
Very easy to use. First coat put on with paint brush, making sure no excess left to dry in ridges. Second coat with cloth. Final rub with 400 paper before buffing. Very good results.
David Henderson

 5L, Clear - Satin
A brilliant product.
A great all rounder product for not only sealing wood floors but we have found it excellent for TerraCotta tiles and slate floors.

 2.5L, Clear - Satin
This is my first time using this product, I used two coats of oil on yellow pine shelves, finishing each coat off with a light rub of 240 grade abrasive paper, then two coats of Fiddes Supreme polish, my only regret is not discovering this product years ago. Wood Finishes Direct were very helpful as well as efficient, rare qualities in the UK in recent years. Many thanks.

 1L, Clear - Matt
Tough Stuff
After two years of abuse from a two year old boy, there is not a mark on the doors or floors. Toy safe - hence use in kids rooms. Better Value than other manufacturers.
Michael Collins

 125ml Sample, Clear - Matt
Excellent product, superb finish.
We took delivery of an oak coffee table which hadn't been finished properly. We couldn't return it because the supplier had ceased trading. Having read about how to treat oak on the website, we tried this product. It provided a superb finish. We would definitely recommend.
Mr A.

 1L, Clear - Satin
Beautiful Finish.
After doing quite a lot of research on finding a decent hard wax oil the review for this item seem to be the overall best and boy they weren't wrong. Our solid oak kitchen worktops look the the day they were first fitted. Fiddles Hard Wax Oil is a pleasure to work with, It's easy to apply and leaves a beautiful finish (as long as you follow the the application instructions). I would highly recommend this product and wouldn't hesatate to purchase this product again.
David Hancox

 1L, Clear - Matt
Great product
Having only just had a wooden worktop fitted I wasn't sure what to coat it with and this product came up again and again with good reviews on the internet.
Laura Coates

 125ml Sample, Clear - Matt
The only MATT wax finish you'll ever need.
This hard wax oil gives a brilliant matt finish to any wood projects. It's my go-to finish! Great value as it goes really far and is so much nicer than a satin or gloss sheen!
David Wilson

 2.5L, Clear - Satin
Excellent product easy to apply dries quickly!
I used 2 coats over a tinted first coat (on pine), it covers easily and quickly, you apply it quite sparingly the second coat goes on even quicker and it gives a superb finish, much nicer than the tinted varnish it replaced!

 1L, Clear - Satin
Exactly as described!
I have only used a little of this to date, so it's a bit early to give a full review, but I am very plesed with the results so far. It is easy to apply and barely changed the colour of the wood - which is just what we wanted.

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