Shower Curtains

Shower Curtains FAQ : Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the questions we often get asked about shower curtains

How Should I Care for Shower Curtains?

Avoid mildew by airing off your shower curtain every time you take a shower. This involves nothing more than opening out the shower curtain fully to let it dry rather than leaving it all gathered together at one side of the bath.

If shower curtains start to look a bit dirty and they are washable, take them down and pop them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with some mild detergent. (Don’t wash them alone or you will get a soaking after you pull them out from the spin cycle – put them in with something like a couple of towels).

If your shower curtain is not washable sponge it down with soapy water and use a little gentle scrubbing to deal with the dirtiest parts.

How often should I change my shower curtains?

Change your shower curtains whenever they start to detract from the look of your bathroom and you have not managed to revive them with a bit of loving care. If a good wash and clean up has not made them look better, nothing is going to work and it’s time to buy a new one.

What is the best material for shower curtains?

It depends what you have in mind for your bathroom and what price you want to pay.

Normal shower curtains  are made from waterproof synthetic material like polyester and vinyl. They are generally cheap and cheerful and not such a big expense that you won’t be able to change them often if you get tired of the design. They tend to last a long time because the material holds up well to getting wet.

The swankiest luxury shower curtains are not made of  water proof material but normal fabric – you keep them outside the bath and have a waterproof inner curtain which keeps the water in the bath as you shower.

Fabric shower curtains need to be washed often to avoid mildew due to the high humidity in the bathroom. They may need to be changed often if the material wears out with frequent washing.

Keep the water in the bath with a shower curtain

Keep the water in the bath with a shower curtain

Do new shower curtains give off toxins?

No, new shower curtains are not toxic, no matter what material the are made of. There is quite a trend in buying natural cotton and hemp shower curtains lately – and they look great – but there’s no need to buy them for safety reasons. Not sure where this myth came from but it is a myth. The PVC and PEVA  (EVA) shower curtain have a slightly chemical smell but that soon wears off in use and that’s about as toxic as you’ll get. Of course plastic and vinyl fabrics and liners are not green – you can’t easily recycle them – but unfortunately these materials are necessary to make the curtain or liner waterproof.

How do I Avoid the Shower Curtain sticking to me?

No one really knows exactly why this happens when you run a shower. Though there are a few theories knocking around no one has the exact answer (yet). Anyway to stop this you can buy shower curtains with magnets sewn into the hem of the curtain (or add your own). The magnets stick to the sides of the bath tub and stop the curtain being drawn in towards you. Or use a double curtain – one inside the bath and one outside to reduce the air flow and avoid the curtain being sucked inwards.

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How to Decorate With Shower Curtains

You don’t get much chance to ring the changes in a bathroom once the bath tub, shower, toilet, sink and tiles are installed – at least not without a great deal of expense. However new shower curtains are one way to change the look of your bathroom especially if you have wisely chosen a plain white bathroom suite and neutral tiles.(If you are planning a new bathroom it’s worth thinking about designing in the ability to change your décor easily in future)

Shower curtains can change the whole mood of your bathroom. From dull and boring it can receive a magic touch of designer luxury, of color, of boldness or of fun and frivolity. You get to choose!

1. Keep the décor neutral

The more neutral the items already in the bathroom the easier it is to change your room scheme with a change of shower curtain. If walls are painted you may want to give them a lick of paint in white or cream so you are not distracted by the color that is already there when designing your new scheme. Pack away any colored items that can be removed too. Tiles however are not so easy to change so you will need to consider them in your new scheme unless you are prepared to go to the expense of re-tiling.

Blue Shower Curtain in Modern design

Blue Shower Curtain in Modern design

2. Choose a Look

Think about the type of look you want to go for. Would you like a bright and cheerful kids bathroom? Do you want an exotic designer look? Do you want something contemporary, funky and modern? Let your imagination run riot. Check out a few shower curtain sites and bathroom interiors magazines for inspiration too.

3. Select Your Shower Curtains

Choose a shower curtain to be the starting point for your bathroom décor. This will be a balancing act between getting something you like at a price you can afford and something which fits in with the elements you can’t change in your bathroom. Be a little bold in your choice if you want a distinctive bathroom. If you can’t find the exact product you are looking for in a shower curtain buy a good quality liner instead and make an outer curtain in a fabric of your choice to use with the liner.

4. Change Your Bathroom Accessories

Choose new towels and other bathroom accessories to coordinate with your new shower curtain (and don’t forget the rings and hooks which need to tie in to your design too). This will pull the look together and make your bathroom more of a pleasure to use. You may want to check out available accessories when choosing shower curtains to make sure you’ll be able to buy the coordinating items.

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Shower Curtains Guide

Welcome to Shower Curtains Place! This is a site full of information about shower curtains, of course. (I’m not sure what else it could be about with a name like that :)

But, why shower curtains?

Well, the humble shower curtain tends to be forgotten in bathroom design – you choose a beautiful new white porcelain sink, toilet, bath, you select the best floor and wall tiles you can afford, you pay big bucks to get it all installed – and then find that you are struggling to buy shower curtains which match up to what you had in mind for your dream bathroom.

But buying beautiful shower curtains is really not that hard if you know what you are looking for and where to buy – the checklists and guides on this site are designed to make the choice easier and to get you that beautiful bathroom you deserve and many sites have a search function which makes it easier to find the right product.

Of course, it would be a little easier if you chose your shower curtains BEFORE your bathroom furniture and fittings for easier color coordination and the best choice but I know you haven’t done that – no one does – so lets just get my plea in not to choose the cheapest shower curtains you can find but the best. Cheap shower curtains will do the job of stopping your bathroom getting flooded when you or your kids take a shower but they can’t and won’t make your bathroom look a million dollars and they will cheapen whatever beautiful bathroom furnishings and accessories you have selected.

Better shower curtains = better bathrooms

Better shower curtains = better bathrooms
(image by Peter Hellebrand)

And another plea while I am busy with pleading my case for beautiful bathrooms nationwide :) Please look after your shower curtain once you get it home. There’s nothing worse than a shower curtain that has gone black, mildewed and moldy for making a bathroom look downbeat.

Get into the habit of opening your curtain whether cotton, hemp or vinyl after you take a shower and fully extending it as far as it goes along the length of the shower curtain rod or track.

Let the fabric dry before you close it up again and you should not have too many problems with mildew.

If it gets a little dirty, a gentle wash in the washing machine with some mild detergent once every few weeks will do the trick – provided your shower curtain is washable – a good reason for selecting one that is.

Wash with a couple of cotton towels which will soak up the excess moisture after spinning so you avoid a soaking when you take your curtain out of the washing machine if it plastic, EVA or vinyl !

Here’s to a beautiful bathroom! Look out for the other posts on this site and have fun shopping for shower curtains!

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