How to Avoid a Hallway Mat

Tired of their cat Lucky ruining entryway rugs, the author embarked on a project to replace the laminate flooring beneath the damaged rug with hexagonal tiles.

Despite the rubbery texture and pattern of the carpet, the cat found a way to get it dirty, leading to concerns about the subfloor.

We decided to use hexagonal tiles, similar to those on their kitchen floor, to create a durable and aesthetically pleasing entryway.

With the plan in mind, we cut out the old flooring along the traced line, preparing the space for the new tiles.

To address potential moisture issues, we applied waterproofing using Schluter Kerdi Membrane and AquaDefense Liquid Membrane.

The tiles were then laid with quick-setting adhesive mortar, and once dry, the author proceeded with the grouting.

We shared the process of mixing and applying the sealant, emphasizing the need for patience.

Exterior spaces between tile and other flooring were intended for caulking, providing flexibility in case the floor moved.

Although grouting can be messy, it is an essential step in the process. It is helpful to use baby wipes to remove grout film from tiles.

The final step was to caulk the edges, putting a finishing touch on the project. The putty helped conceal the irregular cuts and contributed to a uniform appearance.

The completed floor not only solved the cat-related problems, but also became a practical and aesthetically pleasing entrance, able to withstand wet and muddy shoes.

The project, born out of necessity, transformed a previously ruined floor into a functional and aesthetically pleasing space.

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