How To Clean Your Shower Curtain

How To Clean Your Shower Curtain

  • Pat McDonald

SHOWER curtains and screens prevent water from splashing out and damaging or courting dust and mould, but they are equally susceptible to prolonged use without attention. How do you clean fabric and glass shower screens?

Shower screens or curtains will stop water from flowing into the bathroom, where it is liable to spread damage or dirt. Over time, though, they will take on dirt and mould of their own. But cleaning them isn't always straightforward, as they can accumulate stubborn dirt or water spots.

Shower curtain manufacturers make their wares from polyester or microfibre, fabrics that are both breathable and water-resistant.

Given they share material clothing suppliers also use, they can go in the washing machine.

Experts recommend people tactically wash them with the appliance, however.  

To start, people should remove the shower rings and then put the curtain and its liner in the washing machine with some white towels.

As they clean alongside the curtain, the towels will provide some extra scrubbing assistance.

Then, they can add their preferred amount of detergent backed up with half a cup of baking soda before washing the items at the highest level on a hot or warm setting.

When the rinse cycle hits, add some white vinegar, and once clean, the curtain can go straight back on the rail to dry.

How to clean a shower screen

Cleaners don't need to remove their shower screens to clean them, but they come with a distinct trickiness of their own.

They won't accumulate mould or dirt as much as their fabric counterparts but may develop water spots.

These can prove the most stubborn element to clean and require specific techniques. 

For a spot clean, people should start by wetting the screen with their shower.

Then, take a spray bottle filled with white vinegar and spritz the glass before leaving the mixture for ten minutes.

Soak a sponge into more baking soda and start scrubbing at the glass.

Vinegar is a vital tool for getting rid of water spots, thanks to its abrasive nature.  From here on, cleaners need to watch the screen until it reaches the desired level of cleanliness.

Then give it a rinse with fresh water before drying.

If they don't dry it quickly enough, water spots will likely form again.

A microfibre job will do the trick without leaving a dusty trace on the screen.