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This wagon stinks!!
on September 12, 2014
Don't buy this wagon! It stinks: a gut-wrenching, skunky, sulfurous odor that penetrates your clothing, drapery, household goods and buildings. I have been trying for nearly two weeks to clean the vulcanizing thiosulfate from the rubber wheels (even the little handle swivel knob will stink up your house). Now having used nearly a quart of cleaners, desulfurizers and perfumants, and spent countless hours subjecting the wheels to UV, I have made very little progress in removing the odor. I am a chemist. I keep getting elemental sulfur out of the tires but it never seems to end. Whomever manufactured these wheels (China?) neglected to strip off the excess thiosulfate vulcanizing agent---or worse, the vulcanizing process never was completed. If this latter is the case, the rubber will stink forever. If I can't make any progress in the next week, the whole thing is going back.
UPDATE, three days after writing the above: If you bought this stinky wagon, do this: 1. throw away all papers and cardboard that came with the wagon, they have absorbed the odor, 2. scrub each tire with full strength Pine-Sol, 3. let dry in full sun, 4. wrinse with cold water, 5. wrap in newspapers overnight. Repeat up to five times (five days), or until the yellow deposits (elemental sulfur) have disappeared. This worked for me. It reduced the odor to a tolerable level. If you mistakenly brought this stinky wagon inside, the odor is in your carpets, drapes, etc. Wash what you can, spray the rest with a perfumant, open all doors and windows turn on a fan and pray. This is disgusting. If the manufacturer is too lazy to wash the wheels as above, then the hundred year sterling reputation of this wagon will soon be extinguished and sales will severely decline. Word travels and customers will buy other wagons. If you don't want to be compelled to dutifully use the above wash procedure, then simply buy another wagon. Sorry we customers have to be victimized by this.
SECOND UPDATE: After a week of repeatedly using the above wash procedure, my rubber wheels were at an acceptable level of odor. They were far from good, but they were acceptable. I am now using the wagon to transport things from my house to my vegetable and flower gardens. Disgustingly, the wheels still stink, especially when I use the wagon in the sun, and I get angry every time I use the wagon and have to put of with the odor. I store the wagon inside, in my basement, in a far corner of the basement in a room with the door closed. Otherwise, I would have a stinky house. The room where I store the wagon smells like a skunk den. This is disgusting. What is the supplier/manufacturer thinking? Oh, yes, like other customers, the wagon arrived with various dents along the sides and in the bed itself. This is ludicrous. Not only does the supplier not clean the wheels, they can't even package the wagon right. I wish I had bought another wagon.
THIRD UPDATE: Now (June 27, 2015), almost a year after buying, repeatedly washing and treating the wheels per my above procedure and using this wagon outside, it still stinks. Apparently, it will always stink. The wagon continues to stink up my basement, and it even stinks when I am outside using it.