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Fiddes Hard Wax Oil

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Fiddes Hard Wax Oil is an extremely hard wearing, clear, 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.

Due to the shape and size of the opening on the 5 Ltr tins, a long, strong stirring stick will be needed to stir the product thoroughly before use. Alternatively, pour the entire contents of the tin in to another container so that it can be stirred.


Hard Wax Oil can be applied directly from the tin onto a prepared surface with a good quality paint brush, cloth or velour 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 258 reviews.

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Ian McGlynn
 250ml Sample, Satin
Delivered very quickly. Easy to use and a great finish with minimal effort.
Sonya White
 2.5L, Matt
Great product.
Easy to put on, dried very quickly and left a good finish.
Douglas Jones
 1L, Satin
Best wood finish I've used so far.
If you want something that enhances the wood and is easy to use this is it, but remember to use tack cloths to remove any micro dust particles before each coat.
Rob Thompson
 2.5L, Matt
We have sandblasted the beams of a medieval house in Monpazier, France. The wax oil has made the wood look absoluetely exquisite.
An excellent service and a wonderful product. We have used the hard wax oil in several houses now and continue to be thrilled by the quality of the product and beautiful impact it has on the beams and floors. The French carpenters are very impressed!.
Helen Weal
 2.5L, Satin
A good product that I bought to seal newly sanded floorboards.
I was recommended this product initially about a year ago, and tried it on a chopping board to begin with. It worked well, and the wood did not darken in colour. I have since used it on acid stripped 1930's douglas fir doors where the wood did darken. I am not sure if this was just the way the wood was, or if there may have been some of the original stain(?)left. I have since used it on old sanded floorboards and it brought them up a rich honey colour. There is no shine to this product and it looks just like the natural wood once it has been done.
Scott Watson
 2.5L, Satin
Great product, great finish. Goes on easy an drys quickly.
I've used this product twice now. It goes on easy, leaves a great finish. I have 2 young kids an dog and have found it very hard wearing. I will be using this again.
Scott Watson
 1L, Matt
Great product great finish
I've used this product before and was really impressed so I've gone for it again. I've used it on a oak staircase, as before it's left a brilliant finish. I'd recommend it to anybody. Well worth the money.
William Warner
 1L, Satin
First rate product
I purchased this not knowing how to use needn't have worried advise was provided and worked wonderfully well
Graham Tanner
 1L, Satin
Easy to use and gives a superb finish.
My pine bathroom floor had a varnish finish over a dark oak stain.This had flaked and gained a bluish bloom. Sanding, re-staining, and coating with Osmo wood protector and then Fiddes Hard Wax Oil has transformed it, showing off the colour and grain beautifully.
Richard Tattersall
 1L, Satin
Re-sealed a very worn oak floor the results were brilliant. Time only will tell how it wears.
Peter Tuckey
 2.5L, Matt
Excellent and so the client thought, as well.
A good 'neutral' finish, easily applied. Works for me.
Jonathan Williams
 2.5L, Satin
Easy to use, with a great result
Re-sanded down some old oak beams in our newly refurbished kitchen. Finished with 120 Grade. Applied two coats of Hard Wax and it brought out the colour and texture of the wood beautifully. The kitchen fitters were genuinely impressed...
Colin Wheeler
 250ml Sample, Satin
First time I have used this product, the finish was far above my expectation and would use it again.
Jan K
 250ml Sample, Satin
I needed it to protect the top of 2 re-sanded coffee tables
It was really easy to use, I used it on pine and it brought out the lovely grain in the wood and has protected it from small spills, I was really chuffed. Also it was delivered really quickly. Excellent service and product
 2.5L, Matt
Easy to apply, good looking finish.
This oil is best applied to floors with the applicator, as it makes short work of large areas. The matt finish when buffed gives a light sheen to our oak floors. Much easier and better finish than Sadolin, which had previously used. Highly recommended.
Julia Hawkins
 250ml Sample, Matt
Initially I had high hopes as this went on easily and wasn't drippy or runny. BUT it stinks to high heaven and obviously has high levels of solvents, and even though I bought the clear matt varnish the second coat has turned my antique pale stripped pine tabletop a cheap looking orange and has dried with a slightly shiny plastic looking finish. Horrible...
Our feedback:-

Thank you very much for taking the time to do a review of this product. It is important to stir this product well as it contains a Matting Agent which sinks to the bottom of the Oil. A period of good stirring will ensure that the agent is mixed right the way through the Oil. Also regular stirring during the application process is required.

Test areas are also essential to ensure that you like the finish before full application and most importantly thin application of the product.

The Orange that you have experienced could be down to the Natural tones of the wood coming through and being enhanced by the Oil, which is another reason to do a test area before application. If you wish to discuss this issue further or would like some more advice from us please call on our free phone number 0800 7818 123
Georg Klein
 2.5L, Satin
Another purchase of this excellent product from fantastic supplier
Completing another project and had no hesitation in choosing this excellent product to finish 14 oak doors, they look fantastic. Overnight delivery at no extra charge and arrived prompt the next morning. Thank you.
Mike Tozer
 1L, Satin
Great product!
First time I have used this product,wanted something like Osmo,but quicker drying.Worked like a charm,mixed clear with antique and a bit of ethanol based stain to give the shade I was looking for and hey presto,result,add a bit of patina with Fiddes brown wax and one very,very happy customer with a nice,tough,patinated finish on an inexpensive bit of pine furniture.
David Hardman
 2.5L, Matt
Very easy to use great results excellent finish
The quickest product to use for the beginner or expert a like
Jacob Matthew
 2.5L, Satin
I have used this before, and was very pleased with the finish of my flooring.
excellent product for oiled wood floors

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