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Old 08-29-2005, 06:05 PM   #1
Neal Thompson
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I was wondering if anyone knows a good way to get rid of the rubber smell of new equipment. I received a pallet with 800# of dumbbells today and the smell is a rather strong. I share my space with a karate dojo, completely separate room, and they were complaining about how strong it is. Any help or advice would be appreicated!
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Old 08-29-2005, 06:49 PM   #2
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I don't know how to get rid of it, but it led me to discover part of my Christmas present! My wife and bought a horse stall mat for my basement gym and hidden it under a table. I couldn't figure out what the strong smell was and went searching, discovering my present. :proud:

I don't think anything other than time will probably help. My mats don't smell strong at all now, a few months later.
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Old 08-29-2005, 08:24 PM   #3
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tried febreeze? I mean, the stuff gets rid of cigarette stink... granted your gym will smell fresh and flowery, which may be worse than the rubber dumbell smell.
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Old 08-30-2005, 03:53 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. My first reaction was only time and letting it air out will take care of the smell, but the landlord wasn't too happy with that one. I read online somewhere that putting the rubber equipment in a sealed container with kitty litter for 24-48 hours will get rid of the trick. Great, now every stray cat in the city of boston will think my gym is it's personal litter box. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 08-30-2005, 11:12 PM   #5
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The smell will be from volatiles in the rubber left over from the polymerisation process.

The main ways to get rid of them would be to heat the rubber up a bit and cook em out (stick the dumbells in the sun for a few days), absorb them with the kitty litter or something similar or neutralise it with the febreeze which acts by trapping the offending molecules in a matrix made of sugar.

If you use the febreeze you may want to wash the dumbells down before using them.

You may have to try a combo of these methods.
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Old 08-31-2005, 04:47 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input Don!
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Old 08-31-2005, 05:10 AM   #7
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Smells like... Victory!
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Old 08-31-2005, 05:16 AM   #8
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Sometimes being a chemistry nerd is useful.....
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