How to Skip an Entry Rug

Since their cat, Lucky, repeatedly breaking the laminate flooring beneath their entry rug, the author set out to replace it with hexagon tiles. Its rubbery, patterned texture didn’t stop the cat from soiling the mat, which begs the question of what kind of subfloor there is.

We decided to use hexagon tiles, which are comparable to their kitchen flooring, to create a robust and attractive entry. Keeping the concept in mind, we cut out the old flooring at the marked line to make room for the new tiles.

To address any potential moisture issues, we waterproofed using Schluter Kerdi and AquaDefense liquid membranes. After using a thin-set mortar that set rapidly and set the tiles, the author grouted the tiles. We emphasized the value of patience by mixing and applying grout together as we showed.

Caulk was intended to be used in the external gaps between tiles and other flooring to give flexibility in the event that the flooring changes. Grouting is a nasty process, but it’s an essential step. It is effective to use baby wipes to remove the grout covering off the tiles.

The final step was caulking the edges, which gave the item a finished look. Any irregular cuts were hidden and the appearance of the caulk was smoothed out. The completed floor not only addressed the issues brought about by the cats, but it also functioned as a practical and attractive entryway that could withstand muddy and wet shoes.


The rehabilitation, however necessary, restored the floor and made it both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

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