Member since 12/24/13
Date: 2/12/14 9:18 PM
I purchased the large Olfa cutting matt, the one with three matts that clip together for one large surface. My problem is the strong odor. Has anyone else experienced this, and were you able to get rid of the smell? I purchased three weeks ago. I'm happy with the surface, but it is now residing in my garage as the chemical/plastic smell is so overwhelming that I can't have it is the house. I don't have an overly sensitive nose, so it is unusual for me to complain about odors. Any thoughts are appreciated!
North Carolina USA
Member since 1/13/13
Date: 2/12/14 9:22 PM
All of my cutting mats have come with a strong odor out of the box. When I lived in Florida, I would put them outside on the patio for a couple of days, where I think the sun/air flow helped the odor to dissipate. None of mine are Olfa brand, so I'm not sure if that's any help to you or not.
Member since 4/15/07
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Date: 2/12/14 10:47 PM
I spoke to an Olfa rep at a quilt show and asked him about the off gasing ordor. He said to use neutral temperature water in a tub; wet the mat, then in a dish basin mix 1 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup water and a 1 tsp of Dawn and and 2 tbs of baking soda. The solution will fizz but that's OK. Use a sponge to wipe both sides of mat and let it stand with the solution about 15 minutes and then rinse. do not use hot or cold water but just room temperature. If the smell does not go away repeat.
This really worked well and I did not have to repeat the wash!
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Date: 2/12/14 11:03 PM
I bought one a couple of years ago and tried everything but still couldn't get rid of the odor. It made my eyes water and my nose run. I just couldn't be in the same room with it.
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Member since 2/12/06
Date: 2/13/14 12:22 PM
I have owned two large mats that were so awful smelling they lived in the garage for months. I ruined one by putting it outside to air. But the heat from direct sun warped and hardened it. -A total loss. The second eventually lost its oder after washing and a long stay in the garage. Then it cracked prematurely. I switched brands.
Member since 12/3/06
Date: 2/13/14 12:32 PM
Keep them flat (hang or lay on a flat surface and no sun as the heat and unstable surface can cause the mat to warp.
My mats are very old and never had any odor.
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Member since 4/8/08
Date: 2/13/14 2:23 PM
I just bought an Olfa mat at Michaels last night (50% off coupon) and it has no odour (and I'm sensitive to this kind of thing with my asthma and allergies). This is my 4th or 5th mat and I have never had a problem with odour on any of them. Most of them have been purchased at Michaels when they have their 50% or higher coupons.
I use the mat cleaner on mine to clean out threads and fiber and then wash them down with a damp cloth and let them dry thoroughly while laying flat.
When my mats get really marked up and "used" I pass them down to my DH who uses them as cutting mats for his model trains and rockets.
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New Mexico USA
Member since 8/22/13
Date: 2/14/14 1:33 AM
I would have liked to reply by brand--but, I cannot find my cutting mat. (Obviously, I haven't needed it recently.)
Yes, we moved furniture recently, room to room, after a refit of a specific room/part sewing area.
But, I can't find it, "anywhere." So, it's a puzzle.
Bought it out of the open rack at JA, few months ago. No odor noticed.
Otoh, my smeller has been at least half stopped up, since childhood. So, there are many things I just don't notice. (Besides a missing cutting mat.)
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