Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Free~Cycle Rug Stinks!

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Ok, It's not as bad as you may be thinking. 
The actual rug is in excellent shape. It has a few furniture dents. 
No spots, no tears, no burns and NO stains. 
It's a beautiful rug! 

I went and picked it up today. Along with a fence panel. (more on that later) 
I subscribe to free~cycle in my local area online. I got my rug for free-- but you get one just like it here.

YES! It's called CELERY... and it's gorgeous. 
 My rug is  an 8' X 10' sized rug. 
The label is still on it and it is 100% wool. 

Can I just say?  I love FREE CYCLE! 
Here is my problem. 

It stinks! 
Not like   ICKY -gross or "Who knows Who did what ?" on- this- rug- Kind- of- Stinks... 
No, it is an industrial, warehouse, petroleum based...chemical smell. 
Like -- glue or something. 

In all fairness and honesty- let me just say, the very nice lady that placed the Free Ad on Free-cycle said, "It has a glue smell" and " If you don't mind the smell, it's yours"
Now, when she posted this ad-- she gave no pictures or detailed description. 
I had no way of knowing what color it was unless I asked.  Just saying, because I didn't take the free rug, because of the expense, color or anything like that. 
 She only mentioned it had a smell. 
I WANTED IT BECAUSE IT WAS WOOL.  I could only think how warm it would be under my feet in the winter time.  TRUE. 
So, of course I thought, 'how bad could it be?' and maybe she just has a sensitive nose to these type of things. 
But NO! She was right! 
It SMELLS!!!!!! 

SO....  How about it? 
Any suggestions? 
Any of you out there have any I-good-deas AT ALL? 

How to remove this ODOR? 
It's what they call now a-days... Off Gassing.
I know~ because I think it is giving me a head-ache.  

I just want it to stop~ So I can keep this nice, NEW, pretty ,expensive; more than I'd ever pay for a rug- Rug. 

I'm going to try FE BREEZE or maybe baking soda...can you shampoo a wool rug

I'll take whatever you got,k? 
*edited to say~ 
I'm joining this party today-- 

God bless you 
Thanks for reading! 


Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Hmm, did the former owner happen to say what she tried? I would think airing it outdoors, and or sprinkling baking soda to try to neutralize the smell? Wonder if the manufacturer has any suggestions? Good luck, it's a gorgeous rug!

Granny said...

Oh Pat the rug is beautiful. As Rose suggested, airing the rug would be a good choice.

Coleen's Corner said...

Yep. Here in Iowa, if it stinks we set it outside for a spell. But, it might be a good idea to do a search about removing odors from wool. (But I'll be you probably already did that) Anyway... where there's a will, there's a way - I'll try to help you sniff out a solution! (pun intended)

kim(nannykim) said...

Wow--let us know if you get a solution. Airing it surely would help SOME! But a strange problemo!

nannykim said...

well, I have read that a lot of people have had this problem! This one lady that had a wool new rug aired it out and it still was bad so this is what worked:" update: i sprinkled a lot of baking soda on it and let it sit over night. just vacuumed it and it doesn't smell anymore. i guess the combo of airing it out and the baking soda did the trick. i'm hoping the smell doesn't come back. "

Vicki said...

I'd go with the baking soda theory also. Several years ago we had a dog who got sprayed by a skunk, run back into the house and roll on the carpet. It took a few applications, but the smell did come out with baking soda.
Good luck!

Debbiedoos said...

Hi there! Welcome to blogging, and thank you for joining me. I am at a loss on how to get rid of the smell...I would google it, perhaps come up with an answer that way. Thanks for joining me. XO

shannon i olson said...

hmmm that stinks!
Not sure myself but I hope you get it taken care of. Vinegar is a neutralizer, maybe spritzing with that, then when dry the baking soda and a good airing outside, maybe repeat once or twice a week for a while.

Unknown said...

Love the rug...and I'm sure you've tried the manufacturer suggestions...You don't want to just "cover" it up, since it might be making you sick, so yeah, sorry, no advice...Just don't give up, lol. To me all new carpet has that odor for awhile! At least the weather is nice for airing! Lezlee

michelle said...

What a great find! I have not tried Free Cycle yet but it looks like there are great things on there! Not sure how to get out the smell though. The vinegar and backing soda mentioned above would be good to try.
Good luck and I hope you can get the smell out!

Mallory said...

Hmmm... that is a dilemma. I always heard that you are supposed to take a bath in tomato sauce if you get sprayed by a skunk. But I don't know if I'd recommend that unless you want a red rug! :)

Anonymous said...

I bought a sisal rug a few years back and had that exact smell! It was an amonia type smell. I called the company and they said to hang in there, it would go away. It took a few weeks if not a month or so, but it did!! I never thought it would but be patinet, it had something to do with the packaging.