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    Which Bathroom Shower Curtain Material is The Best? Part 2

    In Part I of our discussion, we took a look at the various fabric shower curtains and the pros and cons of the most popular selections. In Part II of this discussion we are going to look at some of the plastic shower curtains and their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s begin…

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    Vinyl Shower Curtains

    I am sure that many of you are aware of the controversy that has come up regarding the use of vinyl shower curtains in the home. This is definitely not on any of the lists of Eco Friendly Products.

    The problem is centered on PVC, also known as “Polyvinyl chloride”. The awful smell that comes out when you first open the package containing the PVC Vinyl, is very strong. This is due to the compounds that are used in the manufacturing of this particular product, particularly phthalates.

    Phthalates seem to be the worst culprits and are used in more products than you could probably realize. This chemical is responsible for making plastics softer, so that they become more flexible. This is the main chemical that is bringing concern about the vinyl shower curtains. It is believed that it is one of the strongest Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) found in Vinyl.

    Some people think that it’s much ado about nothing, thinking that the excitement is over-exaggerated. Considering that phthalates are directly pumped into our bloodstream via the medical UV bags, and are found in so many products, having a vinyl shower curtain is not going to make a big difference.

    Considering the alternatives, with regards to shower curtains, they would rather purchase something they know works. Others, of course, feel differently. They feel that the less phthalates in the home, the better it is for us. Really, it is a decision that only you can make.

    Because vinyl shower curtains are the best when it comes to repelling water and keeping it in the tub, many manufacturers are now offering vinyl alternatives such as PEVA and EVA.

    PEVA Shower Curtains

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    PEVA stands for polyethylene vinyl acetate (PVA). PEVA shower curtains do not contain the chlorinated molecules like PVC’s, found in the older vinyl shower curtains, and therefore this makes it a much safer choice when it comes to choosing a plastic shower curtain. Because PEVA is non-chlorinated this is the perfect option and considered environmentally friendly.

    EVA Shower Curtains

    A lot of people want to know what the difference is between EVA Shower Curtains and PEVA Shower Curtains. EVA stands for Ethylene vinyl acetate. Neither of these plastics contain the toxic PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) found in the old vinyl shower curtains.

    Although these plastic shower curtains are made from petroleum they have a very low toxicity level. Both of these are considered vinyl shower curtains although some prefer to call them plastic, so as not to get confused with the old PVC shower curtains.

    EVA Shower Curtain

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Pros of Vinyl Shower Curtains

    • Vinyl Shower Curtains are Generally Thick, and Durable
    • The Material is Soft and Pleasant to Touch
    • They are Long Lasting
    • They Come in A Variety of Colors and Patterns     Including Clear and Opaque
    • Their Color Doesn’t Fade
    • They are NOT Prone to Mold or Mildew
    • They are Easy to Clean
    • They are Very Low Maintenance
    • They are Inexpensive Shower Curtains
    • They Can Be Used As a Shower Curtain or a Shower Curtain Liner
    • Their Strength Stops Water In The Shower From Leaking Out Onto the Floor
    • Because They Repel Water, They Protect Your Outer Curtain if You Are Using One
    • Because of Their Durability and Strong Colors and Patterns They Are Perfect For a Kid’s Shower Curtain (or for those who are young at heart)
    • The Moisture From the Bath/Shower Will Not Affect the Vinyl
    • Vinyl Shower Curtains Come in a Large Variety of Sizes. More Than Any Other Shower Curtain (You can also cut them with a good pair of scissors if you need them shorter or narrower…Think RV Stalls.)
    • Purchase Vinyl Shower Curtains That Have Reinforced Rivets, or Grommets Along the Top. These Will Help Your Shower Curtain To Last Longer
    • They Contain Less VOC’s Than PVC Shower Curtains And Therefore Have Less Harmful Off-Gassing
    • Plastic Shower Curtains Make Great Shower Curtain Liners Because They Form a Great Barrier For the Water to Bounce Off of.
    • They Have No Known Association With Any Health Problems
    • Vinyl Shower Curtains Are Available in Different Thickness, Known as Gauges. The Thicker Gauges Will Not Blow in the Tub as readily as the Thinner Ones.

    The Cons of Vinyl Shower Curtains

    • If You Do Not Purchase Them With Reinforced Grommets They May Tear Easily
    • Because They Are Made With Petrochemicals Some Consider Them Only Semi-Green

    Healthy Shower Curtain PEVA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Shower Curtain Liners

    Throughout our discussion of Shower Curtain Materials, we have often mentioned the need for a shower curtain liner. Now that we have come near the end of our discussion, I am sure you now understand our reasoning for suggesting shower curtain liners.

    Many people still prefer to try and find fabric shower curtain liners rather than use vinyl, but as you have seen, they do not do the job properly and you may end up spending money you wish you hadn’t.

    We realize that there are people on the Internet that say that they don’t have a problem not using a vinyl shower curtain liner, but if you look more closely, you will find many who have found out the hard way just how difficult it is to shower with a fabric shower curtain liner. It really depends upon which shower head you are using.

    A Word About Shower Heads

    Fabric Shower Curtain Liners will probably work well if you are only using a water saving shower head, or one of the newer rainfall shower heads that gently sprinkle the water. But most people we know, prefer to have a strong, pulsating stream coming out of their shower head, like you can find with high pressure shower heads. Many like to use hand held shower heads to get closer to their scalp for a good washing. In cases where the water is coming out strongly it will go through your fabric shower curtain liners or shower curtains.

    Shower Curtain Effect (Shower Curtain Blow-Ins)

    Another problem with fabric shower curtain liners is that they tend to blow into the tub much more readily than vinyl shower curtain liners. If you have ever experienced this blow in effect, you will know how frustrating it can be, especially if you have soap in your eyes when it happens.

    We realize this can happen with vinyl shower curtain liners also, but if you purchase the thicker gauge liners it will help. The weight will help to keep the liner down instead of blowing around.

    Many Shower Curtain Liners can be purchased with magnets on the bottom, which will help the liner cling more readily to the tub rather than your body.

    TIPS:

    • We have heard that if you leave a small opening at the back of the shower, this will allow more air to circulate which may lessen the effect of blow in. Just be careful that it is not open too much as to let water out onto the floor.
    • Other people have suggested using weights to anchor the shower curtain liner around the tub. They usually use things like shampoo or body soaps to hold things down. This might be something you could try.
    • Another trick is to open the window and turn on the fan to allow ventilation into the room while you shower. This should help immensely.

    Faux Silk Embroidered Shower Curtain

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Should I Keep My Shower Curtain Open or Closed?

    This is a question that is asked often, and the answer is simple. A Shower Curtain is usually purchased as a decorative accent to the bathroom. Although it serves as a necessary barrier for the water, it also has this decorative element to it.
    Add to this, the fact that the shower curtain may get a little wet when using the shower and you will have the answer.

    If you leave the shower curtain open when it is wet, the moisture will tend to stay longer within the folds that are made by closing it. This will cause more moisture in the bathroom as well as attract mildew to form.

    By leaving your shower curtain closed after the shower you allow the curtain to dry more quickly and have the added benefit of looking at your lovely bathroom the way you designed it to be.

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  • Extra Long Shower Curtains,  Shower Curtains

    Extra Long Shower Curtain and Special Sizes

    Finding an extra long shower curtain or special sizes can be a daunting task, if you don’t know what to look for. Long shower curtains can come in a variety of styles and sizes which generally run from 72 inches up to 96 inches. If you need an extra long shower curtain, or shower curtain liner, that is longer than 96 inches, you may need to look into custom shower curtains.

    Extra Long Shower Curtain

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tip

    These grey and bling bling shower curtain hooks will add a little extra bling to your shower curtain.

    Silver Grey Shower Curtain Hooks Bling Bling

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Just click on image above for more Information

    Shower Curtain Sizes

    The average shower curtain is usually 70 x 70 inches, although 72 inches x 72 inches is also quite common. Sadly, there is not a one-size-fits-all standard when it comes to shower curtains so you will need to do a little bit of work to find the right one for you. We make that easier.

    What Size of Shower Curtain Do You Need?

    In order to determine the correct size, you will need to take two measurements.

    • Take out your measuring tape and measure horizontally across the sides of the tub from wall to wall.
    • Next measure the distance from the top of your shower curtain rod to the length where you would like your shower curtain to hang.

    People can have varied preferences on the length of their shower curtains. Some people may want them from ceiling to floor, but some people want them going from the top of the shower curtain rod or rail to a few inches below the ledge of the bathtub.

    Generally, people want them going from shower curtain rods or shower rails to a few inches above the floor. In either case, make sure that your shower curtain is at least 2-3 inches below the ledge of the bathtub. If this is not possible with a standard 72 x72 inch shower curtain, then you will definitely need to purchase an extra long shower curtain.

    Most Bathtubs are 60″ wide but you need the extra 12″ (making it 72″) to give it some fullness and to help to keep the water from escaping through the sides. There are some people who sell 60 inch shower curtains, especially if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, but keep in mind that they are no good for a regular bath because they are missing the extra on each side. These would be fine if you have a smaller shower area, but to make sure there are no problems, measure first.

    Shower Curtain Tips

    Keep in mind that your extra long shower curtain liner sizes should be determined in the same way as we suggested for your shower curtain. If you end up needing an extra long shower curtain then it stands to reason that you will also be needing an extra long shower curtain liner to go with it. Usually, you can find shower curtain liners sold in the same lengths as shower curtains.

    If you end up with measurements that are in between sizes, you might try using longer shower curtain hooks or rings to bring the height down a little or play with the placement of your shower curtain rod. They are especially easy to re-position if you are using tension shower curtain rods that we mentioned earlier in another post.

    These shower curtain hooks may allow the shower curtain to hang a little longer. You might want to give them a try.

    Shower Curtain Hooks to Lengthen Your Shower Curtain?

    Extra Wide Shower Curtain

    Perhaps you have noticed while taking your shower curtain measurements that the problem is not that you need a long shower curtain but rather an extra wide shower curtain.

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    Extra wide shower curtains will definitely be necessary if you have a large area to cover such as a claw foot tub. In that case you will need to purchase a wide shower curtain that is 108 inches wide to properly fit as a club foot tub shower curtain.

    Oversized shower curtains are not as hard to find as you may think. Throughout our website you will see many links to help you buy an extra wide shower curtain or any other shower curtain size for your particular needs.

    TIP:

    Some people find that over sized shower curtains are too heavy and burdensome. What they opt to do is to buy two regular sized ones and overlap them by two to three eyelet holes and you may find that easier to deal with. You will have a seam showing if you use this method so decide what is best for your situation.

    Stall Shower Curtain

    For a stall shower curtain you will probably need something a little different. Although a long shower curtain may work, it may be too wide. Shower stall curtains usually come in narrower widths to make them fit better.

    Stall Shower Curtain 36 x 72

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This particular stall shower curtain above, with the hummingbird and flowers is your typical 36″ x 72″ stall shower curtain.

    A stall size shower curtain can be measured in almost the same way as measuring for an extra long shower curtain. You will need to measure from side wall to side wall but this time you will need to measure from the shower stall curtain rod to the bottom of the floor. If you shower stall curtain does not reach the floor, then you will have water getting through and causing a slippery mess. This is why the shower curtain length is so important.

    Stall Shower Curtain TIP:

    If you can only find stall size shower curtains that are too long there is still hope. Suppose you need a stall shower curtain 54″ x 72″, but you can’t find one. What if all you can find is a stall shower curtain that measures 54″ x 78″ such as the one below?

    Extra Long Stall Shower Curtain

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The solution to this problem is to find a stall shower curtain that doesn’t have too much detail at the bottom.

    Then, you may be able to just cut off the 6″ that you don’t need from the bottom of the curtain and voila! You have just made yourself a custom stall shower curtain.

     

    TIP: Use scissors to cut off bottom of stall shower curtain if needed

     

     

     Small Shower Curtain

    If you are looking for a small shower curtain they can usually be found for RV’s and and other small spaces. A short shower curtain is usually sold at 64 inches long, and are generally what people want when looking for a small shower curtain, or a short shower curtain. If you do not find any small shower curtains that you like, then perhaps a short shower curtain liner can be a good substitute for you.

    To measure for an RV Shower Curtain, take the measurements from the top of the RV shower curtain rod to the floor.

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    RV SHOWER CURTAIN:

    This RV Shower Curtain above is 47″ x 64″. It is not as long or as wide as a regular shower curtain. For more info on this particular RV shower curtain, click the image above.

    • This RV Shower Curtain is made of 100% nylon with a light polyurethane backing to be mildew resistant
    • It’s Machine Washable
    • It’s Made in the USA!
    • You can purchase this RV shower curtain by clicking on the picture

    Other RV Shower Curtain Solutions

    If you are wanting an RV shower curtain in a color other than white, it can be hard to find. But, If you go for a PVC or PEVA shower curtain that is 47 inches wide but the length is too long, like 72 inches or 78 inches, you can simply cut the excess off of the bottom using scissors and voila, you get your custom made 47 inch x 64 inch RV Shower Curtain.

    If you prefer to purchase a fabric shower curtain, you will need to cut the bottom and allow for a 2-3 inch hem. Of course, this is more work, but may be worth it to have a nice shower curtain.

    Tip:

    How Much To Cut for PEVA and Other Plastic Shower Curtains:

    • If you choose a 72 inch shower curtain then you will need to cut off 8 inches from the bottom to make it 64 Inches.
    • If you choose a 78 inch shower curtain then you will need to cut off 14 inches from the bottom to make it 64 Inches.

    How Much To Cut for Fabric or Polyester Shower Curtains:

    • If you choose a 72 inch shower curtain then you will need to cut off 5 inches from the bottom to allow for a 2-3″ hem.
    • If you choose a 78 inch shower curtain then you will need to cut off 11 inches from the bottom to allow for a 2-3″ hem.

    To see some PVC and PEVA Shower Curtains, that might do the trick we mentioned, check out these shower curtains

    Tip:

    Some specialty shower curtains may be harder to find. In instances like this, you can always use a shower curtain liner instead. Shower curtains add a nice decorative flair to your bathroom decor, but it’s the shower curtain liner that is doing all the work for you.Without a proper shower curtain liner your bathroom will be a mess.

    Metric Sizing System Compared to the Imperial System:

    When shopping for shower curtains, you may find that sometimes, they are written in metric rather than imperial measurements. When changing from the Imperial system to the Metric system, you cannot get a perfect round number. Most manufacturers will round the metric number to make it easier for customers to figure out more approximately what the measurements are.

    Below is a handy size chart that will help you to figure out approximately which metric size you are getting if you purchase from someone in China, Canada, or other countries using the metric system.

    Metric Conversion Inches to Centimeter

    Listed here are the most common ones

    Inches Centimeters (approx)
    52 x 72 130 x 180
    60 x 72 150 x 180
    72 x 72 180 x 180
    80 x 72 200 x 180
    88 x 72 220 x 180
    96 x 72 240 x 180
    112 x 72 280 x 180
    52 x 80 130 x 200
    60 x 80 150 x 200
    72 x 80 180 x 200
    80 x 80 200 x200
    88 x 80 220 x 200
    96 x 80 240 x 200
    112 x 80 280 x 200
    72 x 96 180 x 240

    For Other Sizes You Will Have to Guesstimate From Using the Figures Below

    Inches Centimeters Inches Centimeters
    36 91.44 74 187.96
    38 96.52 76 193.04
    40 101.6 78 198.12
    42 106.68 80 203.2
    44 111.76 81 205.74
    46 116.84 83 210.82
    48 121.92 84 213.36
    50 127 86 218.44
    52 132.08 88 223.52
    54 137.16 90 228.6
    56 142.24 92 233.68
    58 147.325 94 238.76
    60 152.4 96 243.84
    62 157.48 98 248.92
    64 162.56 100 254
    66 167.64 102 259.08
    68 172.72 104 264.16
    70 177.8 106 269.24
    72 182.88 108 274.32
    73 185.42

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