Our laundry closet is just a small space off from the kitchen, the type where you just fit the W/D in with a little room to spare for doors, etc. Since the flooring in the kitchen needs to be replaced, I was wondering about doing something like rubber for just the section in the laundry closet. I figured it could absorb any excess noise (our machines aren't that loud, but are currently on top of carpet, so may be noiser on a hard floor), wouldn't be a problem for stray bits of water, etc. Anyone done this? Am I nuts or am I on to something? I was looking around thinking it'd work if I found a piece about the right size and just cut in the hole for the dryer vent.