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Removing Rubber Odors

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Rubber floor mats and stair treads as well as other products made from rubber can release an unpleasant odor. Often these items are made from recycled tire rubber and contain VOCs that are released for awhile. Other contaminates can also have an odor. This page offers suggestions for removing this distinctive rubber odor.
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February 14, 2007

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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February 14, 20070 found this helpful
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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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February 14, 20070 found this helpful
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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.

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April 14, 20180 found this helpful
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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!

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July 29, 2019

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?

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July 29, 20190 found this helpful
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Get a product called Nok-Out. You can get it on amazon.

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July 29, 20190 found this helpful
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For anything rubber, I'd use a diluted white vinegar spray, allow it to sit, then wipe them off. Should help greatly.

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