Shower Curtains Get Dirty! Is Yours Ready for Replacement?

March 26, 2018

Shower Curtains Get Dirty! Is Yours Ready for Replacement?

If you’re like most people, you probably purchased a new shower curtain when you decided to update the look of your bathroom.

What happened then?

Most likely you forgot about it. It’s something that’s just always there, it looks good, and you don’t have to worry about it, right?


Shower curtains are like any other fabric in your home. They collect dirt and grime from daily wear, but worse, they also collect shower scum, mold, and mildew. In fact, considering how often we tend to bathe—daily—shower curtains go through a lot of wear and tear.

So, basically, if you’ve been ignoring your shower curtain for months, or even years, it’s time to take a closer look.

The Dirt on Shower Curtains

How often do you clean your shower?

It’s probably not as often as you clean your toilet, but you probably still take time to clean it at least once a month. Do you ever give that same consideration to your shower curtain? 

Yes, you might use cleaning products every time you take a shower, but what you use to clean your skin and hair isn’t what you need to clean up scum, mold, and mildew off your shower curtain. And the truth is all that dirt builds up quickly.

It only takes a few weeks of showering to turn your curtain into a festering pile of grossness. Okay, that might be a little exaggerated, but the point is you wouldn’t sleep on the same sheets for months or years at a time, so why do you ignore your shower curtain?

The question is, “How do you know when it’s time to replace your curtain?” There are a few things to consider.

  1. Cloth Shower Curtains


What material is your shower curtain made of?

Cloth shower curtains are not only elegant, but they have a durability that other materials lack. Just take a look at our beautiful Eleanor Damask Shower Curtain. Unfortunately, cloth is also incredibly water absorbent. This can be a problem and create the opportunity for the growth of mold, bacteria, and fungus. 

The good news is that it’s easy to wash a cloth curtain, and you should do so at least every few weeks. However, that only takes you so far. After about a year, you need to replace your curtain—especially after it starts looking worn.

  1. Plastic Curtains

Now, most likely, you have a plastic, vinyl, or another synthetic material curtain that acts as your liner. This is a great idea for keeping water offer your floor. However, just like cloth curtains, they can be a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus, and mold in the folds of the curtain where water can’t escape.

Similarly to cloth shower curtains, these will need to be washed at least once a month with mild detergent. With care, this type of curtain should last for around a year, but if it starts looking dingy, replace it. 

  1. Ventilation


How well ventilated is your bathroom?

Do you have a fan that you run every time you bathe? Do you live in a humid area?

A lack of ventilation and accumulation of humidity can require you to replace your shower curtains more often. The wetter the environment where your shower curtain hangs, the more quickly it will develop mold, mildew, and bacteria.

For those people who live in humid states or have stuffy bathrooms, consider changing our your shower curtain more often—potentially every six months.

Now, don’t worry.

At VCNY we have beautiful curtains like our Stockholm Striped Shower Curtain for just $11.99. So, keeping your house clean and healthy doesn’t have to break the bank.

  1. Use

How often does the shower curtain get used?

Is your shower curtain in the guest bath only used whenever company visits?

Or is it like the curtain in your kids’ bathroom that gets used two or three times a day?

The more often your shower curtain is used, the more opportunities it has to build up soap scum and mold.

And it’s not just contact with moisture that’s the problem; it also depends on how much soap and shampoo you use as well as what type. Thicker products will accumulate more quickly. 

Finally, it’s always time to replace your shower curtain if you’re in the mood for a new look. Changing out your curtain is a quick, easy, and affordable way to change the appearance of your entire bathroom. And at VCNY, we have plenty of looks for you to choose from.