How to get rid of rubber odor on mats

Written by kallie johnson
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If you've purchased a new rubber mat, you know the rubber smell can be overpowering. Unfortunately, only time can completely remove the odour. However, allowing the mat to air out in the sun, ventilating the room it is stored in, washing with a cleaning solution, and using baking soda can help minimise the scent. Although you may not immediately notice a difference, if you consistently do these things, the scent will eventually weaken and become unnoticeable.

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Things you need

  • All-purpose cleaning solution or vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Cloth or sponge
  • Towel
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Place the rubber mat outdoors as much as possible to air it out. Do not place in direct sunlight for more than an hour, as this could fade or weaken the rubber. Do not place outside during periods of extreme heat or cold to avoid damage.

  2. 2

    Add 14.8ml. ounce of your preferred non-bleach all-purpose cleaning solution to 916ml. of warm water in a 946ml. spray bottle. Using a scented cleaning solution, such as one scented like lemon or pine, may help further conceal the odour. Alternatively, you can combine equal parts water and vinegar to make a household cleaning solution.

  3. 3

    Spray the rubber mat with the cleaning solution. Use a sponge or soft cloth to rub the cleaning solution into the rubber surface of the mat.

  4. 4

    Rinse the mat well under cool running water to remove all soap residue.

  5. 5

    Dry the item with a towel or allow it to air-dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Baking soda absorbs odours. Sprinkling baking soda directly on the mat or on the flooring underneath the mat will help absorb and neutralise the smell. Vacuum the baking soda up after allowing it to absorb odour for 15 to 30 minutes.

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