Switching gears a little from all the rubbing and buffing that's been going on around here. Did you know that you CAN wash smelly burlap. I wasn't sure if you could without ruining it, but, I decided to throw it in the wash and see what happened. It didn't disintegrate so that was a plus. It did still have a slight smell after coming out of the washer. Into the dryer with SEVERAL dryer sheets it went. It came out like a giant puff ball. Actually it looked like a comfy throw blanket.
The dryer sheets made it smell nice, but I had to shake it out (outside) A LOT. Lots of burlap fibers floating around! After ironing it with lots of steam it went back to a nice flat, non-smelly, although slightly more puffy looking piece of burlap. Really it just looks soft now. Just thought I would share the outcome, in case there are any other burlap lovers out there that can't stand the smell and are curious about throwing it in the washing machine. I use it on my dining room table sometimes so being clean and smell free is a good thing!