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    Dear Illustrious Community,

    We've tried floor and wall tiles with lime and nothing else as we have lime plastered walls on straw and wish to avoid plastics and other nasties in the process. However, it's not going so well as the lime is de-laminating in some areas and going black through contact with soapy water in others.

    Has anyone tried to do without proprietary tile gunk? Any answers please?

    Thanks, Carol
    • CommentAuthorjfb
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2016
    are they floor tiles that have delaminated?
    No actually, the wall tiles but only here and there….
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2016
    Tadelakt? Instead of tiles.
    Leave the lime plaster wall as is and use a glass cabinet.
    • CommentAuthorjfb
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2016
    Glass cabinets as a splash back for the kitchen worktops or around the bath?
    I'm not sure you'll get behind the taps!

    Elsewhere it may work.

    How about a continuous piece of copper or stainless mechanically fixed for the kitchen sink area?
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2016
    Can you get a mechanical fix to the straw walls?
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2016
    Posted By: owlmanCan you get a mechanical fix to the straw walls?

    Yes, the conventional answer is to bash some lumps of wood (vampire stakes) into the bales and fix to them. In my case, I was paranoid about airtightness so didn't allow any holes in the plaster and we just glued everything with AC50 acoustic sealant instead. No good for anything load bearing of course but fine for splashbacks etc. I built a false wall in the kitchen to hang wall cupboards off. We use the dreaded plastic panels in the showers, which are generally against internal stud walls, but a couple of the walls in the shower spaces are just lime on bale. In one case where it's fairly close to the shower head I've put a roller blind that can be pulled down in front of the wall to protect it. The roller blind contains more evil plastic, of course. In the other case it's further away and appears to cope well with the few drops it catches.

    I think tadelakt is the right answer for Carol, but it is time consuming and therefore expensive to do.
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