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DIY guide to treating & protecting wooden floorboards using Hard Wax Oil

Posted on by Kirsty Fletcher • Leave a comment
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DIY guide to treating & protecting wooden floorboards with Hard Wax Oil.

Disclaimer: this blog post contains affiliate links meaning, if you make a purchase, I will receive a very small commission on some items.

If your floorboards are in need of some TLC, I have the perfect solution for bringing them back to life. Fiddes Hard Wax Oil

Here’s a step by step guide on how to do it.

~ Step 1 ~

Choose your finish.

Head to the Fiddes website where you can order samples of all the Hard Wax Oil finishes.

Then it’s time order your perfect finish. There’s a handy little tool to help you work out how much you’re going to need.

~ Step 2 ~

Ensure all nails are hammered in using a nail punch and carpet tacks etc need to be pulled out.

~ Step 3 ~

Remove any previous applications of varnish or oil that has been applied to your floorboards by sanding them back to the wood.

For large jobs you can hire electric floor sanders which collect the dust as you go – always a winner in my eyes! The dust sanding creates is epic and you will still need to keep the room well ventilated by opening doors and windows.

Start with a medium grade of sandpaper and finish up on a finer grade of around 150 to achieve the perfect finish.

~ Step 4 ~

Vacuum the floor and wipe them thoroughly with a slightly damp cloth to ensure all dust is removed and leave to dry.


~ Step 5 ~

Stir the oil well before (and during) use and start applying the oil to the edges of your floors with a paint brush.

Apply in a warm well-ventilated room.

~ Step 6 ~

Pour the oil into a paint tray and apply it to the rest of the floor using a floor brush or high quality microfibre roller following the direction of the grain where possible.

~ Step 7 ~

Leave to dry for 4 – 5 hours keeping the room well ventilated.

~ Step 8 ~

Apply another coat and again leave for 4 -5 hours to dry, ensuring the room is well ventilated.

~ Step 9 ~

And finally give the floor a light buff to further enhance the sheen level.

~ Step 10 ~

Put the kettle on and admire your handy work!



I’d like to thank Mel and Christian over at @banish_the_beige_ for providing all the imagery for this blog. What an amazing transformation from what were tired and battered floorboards – now it’s your turn!

Mel and Christian have used the White Tint here.

~ Shopping list ~

A nail punch
A floor brush or high quality microfibre roller
Hard Wax Oil

And finally did you know you can also use Fiddes Hard Wax to protect wooden worktops? – read my blog all about it here

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