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Feeling a Little Bit Modest? Here is a Great Way to Cover Up.
Shower curtains are curtains used in bathtubs with a shower or shower enclosures and are usually made out of vinyl, cloth, or plastic. The shower curtain has two main purposes: to provide privacy and to prevent water from flooding the bathroom. Shower curtains usually surround the bath inside the tub and are held up with railings or curtain rods on the ceiling. To accommodate the different types of bathtub shapes, railings can come in different sizes and are flexible in their design. Many people use two shower curtains, one that is inside the tub that can be purely functional or can be decorative as well, and an outer shower curtain, which is purely decorative.
Different synthetic or natural materials determine the different types of shower curtains. Polyester and vinyl shower curtains are inexpensive and intrinsically waterproof, but may not match luxurious décor. Shower curtains made of cotton or linen look lush and elegant, but they mildew if too damp. Many people prefer to combine a vinyl liner with an outer fabric curtain to blend attractiveness with utility.
Slick, vinyl shower curtains come in every imaginable pattern, color, and motif. This makes them adaptable to all kinds of styles, from a simple guest bathroom to a children's bathtub. Popular choices include water-themed designs like rubber ducks, fish, seashells, lighthouses, sailboats, and clouds. The background can be clear, so you can easily check on showering children, or an opaque shade.
One advantage of vinyl and polyester curtains and liners are their efficiency at keeping water inside the tub, instead of splashing onto the ground. They are also so inexpensive that they can be replaced when they become misty with soap scum or stained by mildew. Some kinds are even meant to be disposable. For the waste-conscious consumer, this isn't a good option. Spray shower curtains with bleach or wash them with laundry soap to restore luster and extend their life.
Fabric shower curtains are permanent additions to the function and décor of a bathroom. Some are designed to match towels and bath mats. Made of cotton, nylon, or terry cloth, these soft curtains hang more like window curtains. Some textiles have been treated with stain resistors and waterproof coatings. This may combat moisture, as they are more likely to absorb splashes.
In a high-use bathroom, fabric shower curtains may not have enough air circulation to dry out between showers. If mildew stains appear, they can usually be treated with detergent. For stubborn stains, soak the curtain in lemon juice or distilled vinegar until the spots lighten. Let them dry flat, but don't apply an iron.
Hemp shower curtains offer the best of both worlds. The heavy fabric is made from plant fiber, like linen or cotton. However, hemp is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, so it resists mildew, and soap stains. For the environmentally conscious, hemp often grows organically and gets colored with natural dyes. These shower curtains remain durable after many cycles of wash and dry and don't require the use of a plastic liner.
About the Author: Cryste Wisne has been in the California Custom Shower Business for the past 10 years. She has used her vast experience in the design, installation, and implementation of custom showers in California.