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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
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!
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.
I found out how online: Soak at least 30 minutes in hot water and dish soap with white vinegar (at least a cup in a sink) added. Then wipe down with cloth, rinse and let dry outside in sunlight. It worked!
I bought a house with rubber treads on the stairs that go down to the basement. There is an odor I don't like. How can I remove this odor in a non-toxic way?
Get a product called Nok-Out. You can get it on amazon.
For anything rubber, I'd use a diluted white vinegar spray, allow it to sit, then wipe them off. Should help greatly.