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Old 08-22-2007, 05:25 PM   #1
Meghan LeBlanc
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Smelly Stall Mats

Has anyone had any problems with a smell from stall mats bought at feed & tack stores? The people at the store I went to said that some people who used them indoors had returned them because of the smell and they had displayed one in the store and it stunk for about a year. They are made from recycled tires which is what is causing the smell.
I've talked to a supplier of interlocking gym mats and I will save quite a bit of money by buying the stall mats, but I am wondering if it is worth it.

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Meg
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:42 PM   #2
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Re: Smelly Stall Mats

I had the same problem with my mats. when i purchased them from the feed and seed store they smell suspiciously like urine. When i got them home to cut them i decidely that they definately smelled like urine. I rinsed them off a little bit and wiped them down, but it did no good. I attached them to my platform and soon forgot the smell. and over time it faded a bit. Now i only remember the odor when i'm doing pushups. Hope this helps!
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:18 PM   #3
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Re: Smelly Stall Mats

They really do stink. Make sure they're new and haven't actually been "used" by animals! Ours came smelly and with a slick-ish coating on them. Multiple moppings with bleach water helps, and time will take care of it.

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Old 08-23-2007, 12:56 AM   #4
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Re: Smelly Stall Mats

It just took about a month or so for the smell to fade. It never bothered me, but I have a limited sense of smell.
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Old 08-23-2007, 03:03 AM   #5
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Re: Smelly Stall Mats

I think stall mats are the same the world over. The rubber has a distinct odor that will diminish over time, while never quite disappearing, and you'll get used to it.

I was silly enough to try to speed the process along by washing my mats, both sides of 7 (4'x6'x17mm) stall mats. I think all I accomplished was putting blisters on my thumbs (hauling mats for time is a good idea for a WOD, I think) and making my garage smell like floral-scented rubber.
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Old 08-23-2007, 03:19 PM   #6
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Re: Smelly Stall Mats

Thanks for all your replies. I guess I will just keep the doors and windows open for a few months.

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Old 08-23-2007, 03:41 PM   #7
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Re: Smelly Stall Mats

I scrubed mine with a strong industrial degreaser and a stiff bristled brush. The ones I bought not only smelled but seem to be covered by an oilly substance. The smell was gone in a few days.
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