Earthen Floors Author:Bill and Athena Steen Natural earth floors are fast becoming the finish of choice for people building with adobe, strawbale and cob. Comfortable to walk on, forgiving of dropped pottery and simple to maintain. Earthen floors are inexpensive, don't off-gas like man-made products, and are easily repaired. — This illustrated booklet covers all aspects of creating earthen... more » floors: base preparations for various climates, earthen mixtures; installation; non-chemical sealants; and upper story applications.
This booklet teaches how to use subsoil ( clay) to make a compacted earth floor, also how to place an earth floor on an upper story. These floors are a lot of manual labor, cost almost nothing, and can work well in many environments. This floor formulation works best i the S. W. of the US. or warm climates with less moisture. High Heels, sharp stones, grit and gravel on shoes can scar clay floors, not intended for use in a bathroom, or wet areas. Pointy furniture legs or sarp metal objects can gouge the floor. FLloors can be sealed with linseed oil and waxes, but this is not going to make an earthen floor rock hard, they still need TLC, but are easily repaired if damaged. Stabilizing clay floors with lime is a good option, but is not taught in this booklet.
THE PHOTO shows an earthen floor made with premade dried blocks of adobe ( earthn) laid down on a gravel base, clay is then poured over and tamped to make a smooth floor. this is an EXAMPLE of earthen floors, but is not taught in this booklet. I needed a .jpg image for Paperbackswap to show.« less