How to Skip an Entry Rug

The author started a quest to replace the damaged laminate flooring beneath their entry rug with hexagon tiles since their cat, Lucky, kept damaging them. The cat managed to soil the mat despite its patterned and rubbery texture, raising questions about the subfloor.

In order to create a sturdy and aesthetically pleasing entry, we chose to use hexagon tiles, which are similar to their kitchen flooring. We prepare the area for the new tiles by chopping out the old flooring along the marked line, keeping the design in mind.

We used Schluter Kerdi and AquaDefense liquid membranes for waterproofing in order to solve any possible moisture problems. The author then grouted the tiles after applying a thin-set mortar that set quickly and set the tiles. We demonstrated how to mix and apply grout together, stressing the importance of patience.

The external spaces between the tiles and other flooring were designed to be filled with caulk to provide flexibility in the event that the flooring shifts. Even though grouting is a messy operation, it is a necessary step. Using baby wipes to remove the grout coating off the tiles works well.

Caulking the edges was the last step, giving the project a polished appearance. The caulk created a smooth appearance and concealed any uneven cuts. The finished floor not only solved the problems caused by the cats, but it also served as a useful and aesthetically pleasing entrance that could endure muddy and damp shoes.

Despite its necessity, the renovation restored the floor and made it both aesthetically beautiful and useful.

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