How to Remove New Rug Smell?

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Q: How do I get rid of the smell my new flat woven rug is emitting? It is a zig zag rug from West Elm and it's been outside since I received it (about a week ago). The smell had faded so I brought it in and then placed back outside because there is still a smell. Does it ever completely go away? Should I return it? How do I even care for this rug (all my other rugs are pile, so I feel like it's easier to clean them). Help! I want to keep my rug, but I don't want it to make me sick!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.