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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.


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 221 reviews.

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Janet Hawkins

 250ml Sample, Matt
Does what it says on the tin!
I sanded down my dining room table - teak - and was amazed at how good it looked with one coat! i don't like highly polished furniture so this is just perfect. I had to go back and sand down a little patch that was not quite right and it patched up well - cannot see the join!
Maria Baldwin

 5L, Matt
Brilliant stuff
Easy to apply, Matt finish. Passed the red wine test!
Graham Nicholls

 250ml Sample, Satin
Brilliant worktop finish
After sanding back and staining my beech kitchen worktops I needed to seal them. Everybody says avoid varnish. Ok. However, B&Q have stopped selling their worktop sealer, and the Ronseal Worktop oil is totally useless. This stuff though is superb. It goes on easily, dries to a lovely sheen, and creates a tough finish that makes water bead and sit there for days until it eventually evaporates if you don't wipe it off. Exactly what I was looking for. Brilliant.
Elodie G

 250ml Sample, Matt
Exactly what I needed
It was just what i needed. Really easy to apply. Looked great and is waterproof. Excellent communication!

 2.5L, Semi Gloss
So pleased we bought this stuff, it's a dream to work with and does a great job! Floor looks brilliant, as if we'd varnished it but without all the hassle.
Brian Rockell

 2.5L, Semi Gloss
Good experience used brush to apply
On the advice of a friend I used an artificial fibre brush and it was ideal. I was to use the large pad and a broom but this was easier for diddly bits. I do not regret using the semi gloss which gives a great finish. The first coat partially soaked in on oiled oak boards and the second left a great warm sheen
Jack Jones

 1L, Matt
I am amazed at how natural looking and yet hard wearing this product is!
I am amazed at how natural looking and yet hard wearing this product is! It handles brilliantly and dries superbly - the tin goes on and on. Very impressed.
Kazia Montefiore

 1L, Satin
Great to use and nice finish
Used this on an oak captains bed I restored for my 7 year old son, it will get quite a bashing I'm sure! It was easy to apply no streaks, quick to dry and a nice sheen when buffed up. The bed looks amazing. I'm now scouting around for other projects.
Chris Allum

 2.5L, Matt
Great product will use it again
I have used lots of different floor varnishes but by far this gives the best finish and look
Robert McDonagh

 1L, Satin
A Perfect Product
After using this product I have given up on the standard workbench oil. The satin finish looks perfect and is highly waterproof (after trying a soak test). Only did one worktop to compare, but will be doing all of the rest. Also, I suspect that this finish will not be effected by the sun in the same way as the standard oil I'd previously used. I.e. sections of one worktop exposed to the sun faded (lightened), whereas the shaded sections did not. All in all, a perfect product.
Stephen Hughes

 250ml Sample, Matt
Easy to apply (brush) went a long way
I had 5 Mahogany doors to varnish that I wanted to keep as light a colour as possible. Not easy as everything else I tried turned the wood dark.After spending a long time researching and trying a couple of options I tried Fiddes Hard Wax Oil (oak lightening Matt) and the results were superb - just what I was after. Single coat did the trick and the doors look awesome - highly recommended.
Tim Ratcliffe

 2.5L, Satin
Excellent high quality and really hard protection
Very easy to use...creates gasps of approval from clients!
Matthew McGurk

 1L, Matt
Spot on !!! brilliant product, easy to use
I was fitting new oak work top,I had been supplied with a plastic coating!! product by the kitchen company who supply the worktop....this was awful & rubbish!! I spoke to my local Folkestone Wood Finishes Direct. Very very helpful indeed, beautiful finish on the oak work tops, my customer was very pleased with the end results.. thanks Wood Finishes Direct.
Adria Jackson

 2.5L, Satin
Excellent performance
Having chosen the wrong product initially (always get a sample instead of relying on your own judgement as I did!!) this did exactly what it said it would do. Hard wearing and perfect for the job.
Caroline Cooper

 250ml Sample, Satin
Excellent, easy to use product
We were refinishing oak floorboards that had some water damage. The product was easy to apply, good coverage, quick drying and great finish that blended in seamlessly with surrounding area.
Jacqueline Blanning

 1L, Satin
Easy to apply
I bought fiddes hard wax oil for the first time recently as I had a new solid wood worktop fitted and decided to try a different product than before. I am extremely satisfied with look and feel of the surface. It was the look I couldn't achieve from other products I had used before. I sanded the worktop and followed the dirrections on the tin. It was very easy to apply and easy to wipe any excess when finished. I wish I had heard of this product sooner.

 1L, Matt
Great, natural looking finish
Easy to apply and leaves a great finish. (We used Matt and in the sun it just has a smart gleam but doesn't look shiny shiny. It also doesn't sit too heavy on the wood. Very pleased we chose this over varnishing. (Definitely follow advice on keeping well ventilated.)
Thijs Kolks

 250ml Sample, Matt
Very easy to use and leaves a matt finish
This is a very good product. If you are looking for a finish that is matt and which doesn't change the colour of natural oak to yellowish-orange, then this is pretty good. I'll be buying more of this for doors and floors.
Chris Parker

 2.5L, Matt
Excellent Product
Probably the best wax I have used. Goes on like a dream, superb coverage and the redwood boards really look the biz.
Jack Jones

 250ml Sample, Matt
Brilliant to work with brilliant finish - really natural looking
Spot on - goes along way and looks and feels perfect

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