The bathroom is part of the house where hygiene must always be at a high level. One of the details that is an integral part of most bathrooms is the shower curtain. Besides its primary purpose, privacy during the shower, to prevent water splashing during the shower and the flood in the bathroom, its appearance contributes to the interior itself. Many people enjoy searching for and choosing the perfect design.
When it comes to cleanliness, shower curtains are easy to maintain. It is important to emphasize that regular cleaning is required. It is in a consistently moist area, which is ideal for mildews and mould. There are one million microbes every two square inches of the curtain, and 80% of them are dangerous to our health. It is recommended that you do this at least once per month to avoid the foul smell and keep your curtains in good condition. There are several ways to do it. One way is to clean it up while it’s still hanging on its hooks, the other way is to take it down and wash it properly. If you decide to take it down, it can be relatively easy to clean it in a washing machine, or it can be hand washed.
If nothing helps, then you can consider a combination of both. If you want to wash the curtain in the washing machine, it needs to be at low temperature, at 30º or 40º. If it is a small size and it has been regularly cleaned before, you can put it together with towels and make it easier for yourself. This kind of washing won’t damage the curtain. Try to avoid laundry softener and add only laundry detergent. In some situations, when the curtain is very filthy, it is recommended to add 1 to 2 deciliters of vinegar or baking soda for easier stain removal.
Sometimes you will notice yellow or green spots, especially on the bottom of the curtain, and that doesn’t look attractive. These spots appear due to the high concentration of iron in the water and do not look appealing. In this case, a combination of manual and machine washing is a perfect choice. The most effective way to clean is to soak it in a few litres of water and add about 2 deciliters of bleach and place the curtain so that it is completely submerged in water, and one idea of how to dip it is to put some massive stone on the top of it. When you have finished the process, leave to stand for 24 hours. After that, rub it with a sponge and rinse with water before washing it in low heat in a washing machine. When performing this process, make sure that to protect your hands with rubber gloves. This cleaning will also remove odours in the bathroom of your apartment.
When using bleach, the colours on your curtain may be damaged. Given the massive selection of designs and motifs on the market today, most curtains have many colours.
You can use vinegar instead of bleach, but in this way, it is possible that the rust residue will not be completely removed. Test it in a small part. If your shower curtains cannot be washed in the washing machine because they are made of polyester, do not despair as there are ways. You can clean these curtains with the help of a liquid udder.
And those who don’t want to have fungus and flea in their machine, the curtain can be washed by hand. For this method, it is necessary to take a washing brush, and it should be a bigger one because the curtain is not that small and laundry detergent or some mild liquid abrasive. One of many abrasives can be ordinary white toothpaste. This trick is often very effective in eliminating stains and soap scums, and it will also add a refreshing scent. Soak the sponge in water and then add toothpaste to it. Use a circular motion to clean all dirty surfaces. In more stained parts, pay more attention. Avoid harsh pressure. Finally, rinse with warm water.
On the other hand, if you want to avoid taking down the curtain from its hooks and clean it that way, it is possible. When it comes to removing soap scrums, you should combine white vinegar and water in a spray bottle with a little help of a brush or a towel.
One part white vinegar with four parts of water you can spray onto the tub-facing side of the curtain, and let it sit for a few minutes before using the brush. In the end, it is necessary to rinse it properly. For cleaning stains instead of vinegar, you can use bleach. The same amount of water and bleach apply on the towel and then on the curtain, wait for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
There are plenty of spray products on the market nowadays for removing stains, mildew and mould. If you decide to avoid options suggested above which contains vinegar and bleach, you can pick one spray product from the market and try that way.
When it comes to drying the curtain, remember to open the windows and turn on the ventilation, unless you have the option of drying the curtain outside. Otherwise, there is a possibility of moisture or tempest, and if this happens, you will need to clean the curtain again. Do not use dryer by no means.
At the very end, it is essential to note that regular maintenance can prevent the curtain from being full of mould, from becoming too dirty and filthy. Let it be more hygienic. Make a solution containing half water and half distilled vinegar in a spray bottle. Every day, after you take a shower, rinse the soap residue from the curtain, spray the combination, rinse it off and allow it to dry.
Take care of your health, choose one of the many choices mentioned above and maintain hygiene regularly.