I have just bought a box of vehicle rubber floor mats with the intention of cutting them in half to use as stair treads. Unfortunately they have a strong smell, probably due to the vulcanizing process. Does anyone have cure to get rid of this smell?
Alan from The Potteries, UK
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Put an open can of fresh coffee in the car for as long as you can. I have removed many different kinds of odors this way.
Leave them outside in the sun (cold or not) for a while, the smell is actually dangerous for you, it's the plastic vapors. I know there is a more technical term for them, but I did find out about them when I couldn't stand the smell of new plastic shower curtains.
P.S. Ikea has the chemical (no smelly) free ones!
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Does anyone have any suggestions how to remove the odor of new industrial rubber floor matting?
Hurner from New York, NY
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