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Thread: stinky green cutting mat

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    Hi,
    Looking for help to resolve the maritial discord this new mat has created... I bought a large Olfa mat a week ago, taking advantage of a 50% off coupon and it does smell like skunk. I keep moving it around to different parts of this not-too-big house and I'm still getting complaints. I told him the smell would 'gas off'. That didn't win any battles. Right now, it's in the basement on a flat surface out of any sunshine.
    Any helpful tips other than return it?
    Thanks,
    lots2do

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    Some of these mats just have to air out... It appears that some brands are worse than others. :D:D:D

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    I wonder if wiping it with a water vinegar solution might help, just be sure to dry it well if you try it.

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    When I went to buy one I had the lady in Joanns smell it she agreed not the best deal in the store they were going to send them back. I went with a Fiskars Mat that didn't smell.

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    When you have a sunny day you might try laying outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

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    Put the mat in the shower. Using hot water and dish liquid with a good grease cutter in it - think Dawn - and a soft cloth wash the mat very, very, well. Don't skimp on the dish liquid. If you can lay it flat, let it soak for a few minutes. Rinse with more hot water, then a blast of cold water. Wipe dry.

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    I would use vinegar and soak it in the tub with hot water.

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    The dish liquid will remove the lubricants and manufacturing debris left on the mat. I don't know about the vinegar. Any thing is worth a try. Good luck!

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    Fabreeze? search more. i've read a lot about this being a problem. i have two Olfa mats but they are yrs old. one very old. no smell. they must be manufacturing them somewhere different now. i'd complain loudly!!

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    I had the same problem with an Olfa mat I bought last year. It did eventually stop stinking, but it took a while.

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