Post # 1
Decided it’s time to replace my vinyl shower curtain bought in December as it’s starting to mold. I need suggestions.
But do I get another vinyl curtain? Or a fabric one? And if I get fabric, does it need a liner? Will the color fade/change? Should I buy a specific brand?
Mildew/mold factor is my biggest concern. Which option handles mold resistance better? I’ve read that I can remove mold by washing it with bleach but I refuse to do that and continue using my curtain because I had a biology teacher tell me that you don’t actually get rid of the mold spores themselves, you just mask the appearance. Don’t know if that’s true but the thought grosses me out so I’d rather have something that more easily prevents mold growth, rather than one that’s easier to “wash out” existing mold.
Post # 3
I just recently purchased a fabric AND a vinyl shower curtain. This way when mold becomes an issue I can replace the vinyl curtain with little investment. Replacing a fabric curtain every time mold takes hold can get expensive and it is nearly impossible to clean without bleaching out the fabric.
Post # 4
@Treejewel19: This was one of the things I thought about – is it more cost effective to buy a cheapy vinyl fabric every 6 months or pay more for a fabric curtain, depending on how long it lasts. If I can wash a fabric curtain regularly to prevent mold growth, that seems more beneficial but then I’m worried that washing and using it too frequently might break it down too much and it’ll leak or get raggedy.
Post # 5
I have a fabric outer curtain and a cheap dollar tree inner curtain that I replace ever seven weeks.
Post # 6
I buy the cheap inner vinyl curtains in bulk and just keep a few extra on hand for if one of them does get gross. I don’t find that they mold that quickly though, maybe try a different cleaning solution for them?
We got a really nice fabric curtain that we registered for and it basically just stays on the outside of the tub to make it look pretty.
One is functional, the other is decorative.
Post # 7
Someone bought us this shower liner off our registry: it’s cloth but it has really fantastic reviews- http://www.target.com/p/fabric-anti-mildew-shower-curtain-liner-white/-/A-10271804#guest-reviews
And our outer curtain is also fabric and looks like this:
Post # 8
@harleyq: I hate the mold too. I just got a poly one from target- just that, because I have heard vinyl is not good to breathe. When I am done I just make sure to stretch it out and put it back outside the tub. I also wash it with vinegar regularly.
Post # 9
Another issue to consider is how much ventilation you bathroom gets. Mine gets almost none and isn’t any easy problem to fix in a brick house : ( so I go thru them faster then most people. That and I have two kids who refuse to close the curtain after so it can dry….grrrr. If it wasn’t for these issue I would probably invest more in shower curtains.
Post # 10
If I had a moldy shower curtain I would just replace it, not clean it. Blech. To be honest, I wouldn’t put a lot of money in a shower curtain because invariably you always do end up replacing it.
My husband and I got our relatively new shower curtain at Bed Bath and Beyond. It’s plastic, with Snoopy all over it and it has little pockets on the inside where you can store stuff so it saved us money in having to buy a shower organizer. Then we also bought a clear plastic liner, so that stays in the tub and the Snoopy curtain stays outside. I always make sure to close it when I’m done too because that also helps it dry.
When I was younger we had fabric shower curtains on our showers and I really dislike it. They tend to rust after a while, and I just find plastic is a little easier to handle. When the plastic ends up needing to be replaced, I just go out and buy a fresh, new one. Of course, we don’t really care if Snoopy doesn’t match our bathroom aesthetic because it’s just for our eyes and no one else’s.
Btw, no matter what fabric you decide to get, definitely you need a liner.
Post # 11
I have a white cloth liner and cloth outer curtain that’s light pink and green, VERY light. I take them down about once a MONTH (not every week )and bleach them and then hang them back up. I throw them in with the white socks and our white sheets. I wash the sheets every week but once a month they get the bleach job.
edit. .. yeah once a month they get bleached I think I was channeling my grandmother when I said every week LOL
Post # 12
I have a shower liner and a fabric shower curtain.
Post # 13
As you’ve discovered shower curtains come in basically 2 styles. Vinyl with a pattern on them, OR some sort of fabric with a vinyl liner. By far the best investment is found in the latter. You can either clean the liner by putting it in the Washing Machine = http://www.rd.com/home/how-to-wash-shower-curtains/ with some towels (use WHITE Towels if you go the bleach route)… OR you can just throw it out, and hang up a new one.
I am over 50, and have been a homeowner for over 30 years. When I was younger, and trying to make money go further, I’d often wash a “thick” plastic liner… and that worked out well.
In recent years, I’ve gotten lazy… and now I just replace the liner (Mould is gross). You can buy cheapy thin liners for just a couple of bucks, and when they get to the point you don’t like the way they look… toss em out.
The fabric Shower Curtains can last eons… more than likely, you’ll want to change the style long before they wear out (5, 10, 15 years life for a fabric Shower Curtain is not unheard of)
So even if you purchase an expensive one because you like “the look”… you’ll get your money’s worth. I wash the fabric curtain, a couple of times a year just to keep it looking fresh.
Hope this helps,
Post # 14
I use a liner and a fabric curtain too! Easy to replace the liner and I wash the fabric one in the washing machine like once a year.
Post # 15
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I do the same that a lot of the PP’s do. We have a fabric outer curtain and a cheapie plastic inner liner that we just replace often. I find it works wonders!
Post # 16
I have a liner, its a hotel style, you can wash pretty easily. Like what umbrellas are made from, but not PVC.
It has never gotten moldy in two years. I keep a box fan in my hallway, and when I am done showering, I open the bathroom door and out th box fan on high. It dries out the bathroom in 10-20 minutes, the curtain blows around and gets dry and the walls don’t gt mildewy either. Works great!