Bad Smell on New Faux Fur Rub?

I have just bought a faux fur throw rug. It has an odour. It is a dreadful synthetic smell, almost like oil or petrol. I have tried putting the rug through the washing machine but it still smells. Any advice anyone please? I have thought of baking soda but the pile of the rug is very deep - about 1 inch and I am worried I would not be able to get all of the powder out again.


KJP from Melbourne, Australia

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By jean (Guest Post)
July 9, 20060 found this helpful

If the rug is washable, use the baking soda, and then wash it out.

If you have a box/storage container with a lid big enough to hold the rug, place the rug in the container with 8-10 lumps of plain charcoal, or 2 cups of dry ground coffee. Cover for at least 3 days. Both absorb odors. Put the charcoal/coffee
in an open dish on top of the rug.

If a product called Febreze is sold in Australia, spraying the rug with it might help.

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By sandy. (Guest Post)
July 12, 20060 found this helpful

the rug is made from petroleum products. that could be why it smells.

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By carla bledsoe (Guest Post)
July 13, 20060 found this helpful

Sorry, but it sounds like you got a cheaply made rug. Some fabrics that are entirely synthetic and are not going to be used for clothing are made more cheaply and sometimes smell.


I had a rug like that too. I bought it to use in the bathroom but it ended up on the back steps! Better luck next time.

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