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Thread: Will my cutting mats stop smelling?

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    I just received my Olfa cutting mats yesterday and laid them out on my cutting table downstairs. When I got home from work today, the whole house smelled awful. I realized that it was the mats and put them out in the garage which now smells too. Did anyone else have this problem? If so, does the smell go away? And how long will it take?

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    Yes they will! But in the meantime they do stink! I tried washing mine, laying out in the sun, rubbing with dryer sheets, spraying with Febreeze and they finally got to the point they were allowed back into my sewing room.

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    This smell drove DH crazy. when I got mine. I researched it and found that vinegar was helpful. Here's a web page with some help. http://tenthousandsewinghours.blogsp...at-smelly.html
    For me, the smell was OK but not for DH so we let it air on the screened porch for a couple of weeks. Then it got to come in.
    Good luck!

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    Hi Janet. Try soaking them in the tub with tepid (luke warm) water and white vinegar. Be sure not to use hot or cold water. Soak for several hours, remove, rinse, dry with towels, lay flat for final drying.

    Please keep us posted as to what you do for the smell and the outcome.

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    Hmmmmm.........that's odd! I just purchased one from JoAnn's, and it doesn't smell. Maybe it's because it's already "aired out" since it was at JoAnn's. :? I sure hope you can get the smell out of your mat! 8-)

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    Glad I didn't have the problem! Have asthma! Good luck. Hope u get to use it soon!

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    I had a June Taylor one that smelled but after a couple of weeks the smell went away.

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    I'm curious, why after spending so much on a product, you would have to let it air out? I didnt buy Olfa, but I didnt have any smell

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    I have two Olfa mats and neither one had any smell. Got them at LQS where they were stored upright without wrapping, maybe that's the difference. I wouldn't keep one with a bad odor.

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    crumpled up newspaper is supposed to absorb odor and it has worked well for me. (Know this from when my son got sick in my car and I couldn't get the smell out of the car). Try tossing crumpled up newspaper on top of it.

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    I aired my mats in the garage for several days and then just put up with the odor til it disapated.

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    Oh do I know exactly what you are talking about , mine was so bad I thought I skunk had gone off!
    I had the opportunity shortly after I bought it to speak directly to the OLFA rep at International quilt show. Well I was stunned when he just gave me a blank look , when I asked how to get rid of the smell. He said "I have never heard of such a thing" , well not sure if his smell was off becasue the booth was filled with mats and.... REALLY smelled! After being persitant he suggested soaking the mat in a vinegar and water solution. I did that ... mimimal reduction in odor. What did work was leaving it in the garage for a few months.
    I think the "Fresher " just out of the box the more intense the smell. Let it age , somewhere. Just have it lay flat, as they can warp.

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    I want to buy an Olfa mat but haven't because of the smell. I have checked them out in LQSs, JoAnn and Wal Mart and they all smell. My DH wants me to get one because my June Tailor is so hard on my blades and using blades on it removes the lines. I guess I'll just have to get one and leave it out on the porch and in the garage to air out. It does take forever. I will use the white vinegar/water soak first. I'm glad you brought this topic up because I have finally talked myself into buying one. Thanks. :)

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    I've read that about Olfa. I bought fiskars mats both at Joann's and in the mail (thus packaged) and they haven't stunk. I hope you get the smell out. I have such a sensitive sniffer I'd have a migraine every day if I had to smell that. :(

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    Try using a lemon and wiping down with that. I have never heard of one smelling at all. I can't blame the Olfa Rep for not having a clue.

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    Air out outside. Wash it down with soap and water to remove an free particals that may help speed the process. Do contact the maker and complain they need to know their product is toxic

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    Thanks everyone. I'm glad to know it's just not me having this problem. Fortunately I'm not in any big hurry to use them so I will just leave them in the garage. I don't know how my husband stayed in the house with them all day. It smelled like sewer gas or something when I first came in. I hope that it's not toxic.

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    Maybe we smell it because we sensitive to strong plastic smells. When I got a new mat I had to put it in the storeroom for about a month to air out. I was afraid that it was going to keep me awake the first night that I had it home.

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    I put mine outside in the sun, it does take them awhile to outgass.

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    One of mine is more than a year old, when I turn it over, the smell still appears. Finally, the most-used side is odor-free. It is an Olfa, only brand I really like. piecefully, the old one

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    I just ordered a 24X36 from JoAns and it doesn't smell. In fact I've never had one that smelled and I have at least 7 different sizes.

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    Yes mine smelled too. I contact Olfa and they said they have had such a demand that they were shipping as soon as they are made. (and not having usual airing out time) She assured me that the smell would go away and offered a solution- unfortunately I deleted it when the smell went away on its own.

    I just used a fan and opened the window after putting it on a drying rack.

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    I got a new one back before Christmas for my Kitchen Stitchin'. I had posted a thread about it smelling; got lots of ideas. Guess what ?!?!?! None of them worked. I had it up in my bedroom last weekend and realized it still smells just as bad as when I bought it. My Great Dane walked up to the table it was on, sniffed of it, and sneezed like crazy. I feel a headache come on every time I use it. No more self-healing mats for me, as they all smell. I did the sniff test at Joanns a couple weeks ago, and they all smell the same.

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    that is so funny you would say that your "mat" smells. I was at a Joann's and a lady returned hers, "It smells" and the cashier said okay, the lady asked if they had any that did not smell. The cashier told her they all do and that you need to let them "AIR" out. The lady just looked at her like she was crazy. I chuckled and proceeded to ck out.

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    I buy Salem mats - no problem.

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