My Area Rug Smells Like Rubber!
Most common in rugs that have a covered backing, and from India, you may smell burning rubber emanating from your rug. Known as hand tufted rugs this odor is the latex holding the rug together that off-gases under certain conditions, and may even leave a white powdery sand on your floor. The odor cannot be eliminated or treated to much success. The odor of this glued latex can be accentuated if:
If the rug odor gets worse after vacuuming it, you can bet its deteriorating.
We do not suggest immersion washing these hand tufted rugs. Low moisture hand cleaning, or a simple in-house freshen up will be all you need. If the odor is causing headaches or just too much to handle, you should consider replacing the rug.