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Old 09-04-2010, 11:38 AM
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I bought the white, large cutting mat from Joann's and it has an odor to it that I dislike. Does anyone else have this problem? How did you combat it? Thanks for all the help I can get.
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:41 AM
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you can take a very mild soap and some warm water and wash it and then let it air dry. or take a towel and pat dry it. I just let mine air our for a few days and that seemed. to help.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:56 PM
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I won't buy that one for that reason. It smells like the grips on my DH golf clubs. I don't think it ever goes away.
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:12 PM
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Some of them stink like dead fish for a while after you have them.
The smell WILL go away.
Just not quick enough!!
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DH got me one for Christmas. I guess I was lucky, didn't have any smell.
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:56 AM
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Nice to know that I am not alone LOL
Thanks for the suggestions and help.
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Old 09-05-2010, 09:00 AM
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I took a step ladder, placed it in a shady spot at the side of the house, and hung my matt for almost a month.....the smell finally left. I had washed it with a Dove detergent mixture prior to hanging it. I thought I had lost a bunch of money, but eventually, the smell did leave and my matt has been use for over two years now with no return of the "rubber base" smell.

Oh yes, I also sprinkled baking soda liberally over the matt to help soak up some of the smell. Still, I think the warmth of airing it, did the job best......

Good luck....don't give up :-)
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I have found that if I use Dreft detergent or the Dreft stain remover on just about anything that has an unpleasant odor the odor disappears. I think that it has something in it to remove odors because of the nasty smell that baby formula leaves on anything it touches.

Hope this helps. OBW Dreft is really pricey, but you can get a sample from their website.
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Thanks I will try it.
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I have found that if I use Dreft detergent or the Dreft stain remover on just about anything that has an unpleasant odor the odor disappears. I think that it has something in it to remove odors because of the nasty smell that baby formula leaves on anything it touches.

Hope this helps. OBW Dreft is really pricey, but you can get a sample from their website.
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