If you're looking for a quick pick me up for your tired old bathroom décor, think shower curtain. With so many styles and selections from which to choose this is a small dollar item that packs a powerful punch when it comes to updating your bathroom décor.
While this is a relatively inexpensive quick fix for your bathroom décor, you should also keep in mind that there are many shower curtains that are sold as part of a larger themed set for the overall decoration and design of your bathroom. This means that even on a tight budget you can add to your bathroom over time with matching soap holders, tissue boxes, or even toothbrush holders. These sets are a relatively easy way to breathe new life into your bathroom without breaking the budget or going to the expense of major construction or renovation.
Choosing a Curtain
You should be aware that there are many wonderful and whimsical selections available when it comes to shower curtains. From curtains that are fun and frivolous with rubber ducks and hanging monkeys to those that are much more elegant and refined with scrollwork or brocade type prints there are all kinds of shower curtains from which to choose. Most shower curtains will be made of a vinyl or other water resistant material. If you do elect to use a fabric curtain you should definitely elect to use a vinyl liner in order to protect your curtain from damage.
You can hang your curtains to the rods in your shower with the use of rings or hooks. Some contemporary shower curtains even have self-tabs, which you simply slip the rod through. Check when purchasing your curtain to see if you need other accessories in order to actually hang your curtain.
If you are the creative sort, you can make your own shower curtains relatively easily. All you really need is to select the fabric and style, combine that with your basic sewing skills and voila! You now have your very own, hand-made, one of a kind shower curtains.
Cleaning the Curtains
You shower curtain will need regular cleaning in order to avoid the build up of mildew. The moist warm environment of a typical bathroom is simply ripe for mold and mildew to thrive and excel. The added bonus of keeping your shower curtain is that it helps protect your family from the illnesses that can result from exposure to mold and mildew. Some people opt to dispose of their shower curtains while others are perfectly content to thoroughly clean them. Some shower curtains can be washed in the washing machine, check the label to see whether or not yours will work in the washer and for specific care instructions such as whether or not you can use bleach (which is an excellent tool for fighting mold and mildew). Another option is to wash the curtain with lemon juice and then dry it in the sun. This is effective as the lemon juice actually reacts to and kills the mold.
Once your shower curtains are nice and clean you should take care to keep them that way. Keep them open after showers and well ventilated so that they have every opportunity to dry. Leaving them closed and accordion style after a shower keeps the wetness trapped and invites the formation of mildew and mold. Also be sure to use a vent in your bathroom in order to draw the moisture out, this is especially important while taking a shower.
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