Shower curtains are used to make your shower area more private and also increase the beauty of your bathroom. Plastic shower curtains are mostly used in bathrooms because they are very easy to maintain as compared to cotton curtains. But plastic curtains also get dirty and need proper cleaning after some time.
The cleaning of plastic curtains is a confusing process because you have to decide whether you have to wash them in a machine or give them a hand wash. Can you use bleach on the shower curtains to remove stubborn stains? These types of questions create frustration for you. I am here for you to answer all these questions.
Today, I am going to tell you all about the washing process of shower curtains and mats to keep your shower curtains as clean as you want. I shall tell you all about the ingredients that you need and also the process to remove stubborn stains from your curtains. Continue reading this blog to find out all about shower curtain cleaning.
Why Shower Curtain & Mat Get So Dirty?
Before starting cleaning the plastic curtains, you must want to know why and how your plastic curtains get dirty. One of the biggest reasons that your plastic curtains get grimy is the interaction of the curtains with water. Your curtains always have to interact with water, which causes molds and mildew to grow on them.
Your blackout curtains are hanging in the bathroom, where they have to deal with hard water, soap scum, bacteria, and body oils, so they are not only dirty but also dangerous for your health because they have many microorganisms on them because of the hard water. Now you know the reason for your dirty plastic or blackout shower curtains, so get started cleaning them.
Material You Need
First, gather all the materials that you need to wash or clean the plastic curtains and mats in your bathroom. You just need a few things that are easily available at home.
- Color safe bleach
- Baking soda
- Laundry detergent
- Washing machine
Method To Wash Curtains
Now you know the ingredients that you need for the cleaning of your plastic shower curtains and mats. So let’s start the procedure to clean the plastic shower curtains in your bathroom.
1. Remove Shower Curtains
First, remove the curtains from your curtain rails or rods. For this purpose, remove the rods from the brackets. Lay down your curtains and remove the curtains from the rods. After removing the curtains, now remove the rings from the curtains and your plastic curtains are ready to be washed.
2. Wash Your Shower Curtains Into Washing Machine
Usually, plastic and vinyl shower curtains are safe to wash in a washing machine. You can put them in a washing machine and all the stains from your curtains can be easily removed.
Add a color-safe bleach to your washing machine by mixing half a cup of detergent, half a cup of vinegar, and half a cup of baking soda. Now put your curtains in machine. A washing machine will deeply clean your curtains.
3. Give Them A Hand Wash
If you have read the description of your curtains, and it says that your curtains are not safe for machine wash, then you must not put them in a machine. You should wash your curtains in a bathtub with your hands.
For this process, you need the same ingredients as you have added in the washing machine, put all of them in a bathtub, and then add maximum water. Now dip your curtains completely in the tub. Leave them for 30 to 40 minutes.
All the dirt and stains from your curtains will be automatically removed. If there is any stain still present on your curtains, then you can use a sponge to clean it. After that, wash your curtains thoroughly with water to remove all the cleaning ingredients from them.
4. Hang To Dry Your Curtains
It’s time to hang your curtains now, after cleaning them. Dry them and hang them in a safe place where sunlight can’t damage their color.
You can also put your curtains in a dryer if you want to dry them as quickly as possible. The dryer is only suitable for curtains that can easily be machine washed.
How To Remove Stubborn Stains From Shower Curtains And Mats?
If your curtains have some stubborn stains that are not cleaned by the above-mentioned method, then you can use another method for cleaning those stains. For this purpose, first fill the bathtub with warm water.
Add a bleaching agent or strong detergent to the tub. Mix it well and then dip your curtains in the solution for more than an hour. After an hour, remove the curtain from the solution. Now scrub the stain and wash it with cold water. Your stain will definitely be removed with this method.
How To Clean Plastic Shower Mats?
The cleaning of shower plastic mats is not very different from the cleaning of plastic curtains. You just need to put them in a washing machine containing vinegar, baking soda, detergent, and bleach. Add two clean towels to the mat to keep it safe. And after washing, clean the mat with cold water.
If you don’t want to wash your curtains in a washing machine, then you can give them a hand wash in a bathtub by filling it with hot water and putting detergent, baking soda, and vinegar in it. After 40 minutes, wash the mat with water and let it dry.
Some Tips To Maintain Your Plastic Shower Curtains And Mats
Here are some tips that you need to follow to clean your curtains of all dust and dirt. These tips help your curtains and mats be protected from mold and mildew.
- Use shower spray in your shower area after taking a shower. The shower spray will help your curtains and mats avoid dirt and bacteria growing on them.
- One of the best ways to clean your shower area is to clean the curtains, mats, soaps, and shower accessories with clean water to keep everything clean and free from bacteria.
- Try to place your shower mat in the sunlight to dry it after you have taken a shower. This will help to prevent the growth of mildew and fungi on your mat.
Now that you know how to wash a plastic shower curtain and mat, you can easily clean your curtain and mat. You just need to notice one thing: read the washing method of your curtains and mats so you don’t get a blender.
All the washing methods mentioned above are safe for all curtains and mats, so you can use them and keep your washroom accessories always neat and clean.
FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are Plastic Mats Safe To Wash In The Washing Machine?
Yes, plastic mats are safe to wash in a washing machine. You can put your plastic mat in the washing machine with two towels so it doesn’t get damaged. Use mild detergent for the washing of mats and add a half cup of baking powder so it can clean your mats completely.
2. How To Wash Plastic Shower Curtains In A Tub?
The washing of plastic shower curtains in a tub is very easy. You just need to fill your tub with hot water, and then add baking soda, bleach, and detergent to it. Dip your curtains in the solution and leave them for half an hour. Remove the curtains and then rinse them with clean water.
3. How Long Can I Soak My Curtains In A Bleach?
You can soak your plastic curtains in bleach for 30 to 40 minutes. You can’t use harsh bleach on your curtains because it can fade the color of your curtains. It’s important to use color safe bleach on curtains.
4. At Which Temperature, I Can Wash My Curtains In A Washing Machine?
You can wash your curtains at 40 degrees Celsius in the washing machine. When you are cleaning your curtains in the machine, you can also put a towel with them, so your curtains will be safe from all the harsh effects of the washing machine.
5. How To Clean The Rings Of Shower Curtains?
Cleaning the rings of the shower curtains is also very necessary because they are also exposed to water and soap scum, so they should also be cleaned. You can dip all the curtain rings in the hot water in a tub containing a vinegar solution. All the stains from the rings will disappear and your rings will be like new.