Bathroom cleaning – how to remove dark mould off a plastic shower curtain

The reason why shower curtains become so mouldy is because they grow so damp. The reason they become so damp is due to their use as water shields in a typical bathroom set up. Whenever the curtain is drawn across, it prevents the rest of the bathroom from getting wet. A genius invention on the one hand, the downside to this design is that mould breeds freely in shower curtains because they get pulled back after every wash. This limits air circulation in the area where the curtain rests as hot moisture is trapped there. Such a design flaw. Even a well ventilated bathroom is liable to contribute this problem with people’s everyday use of the shower.

So what to do? Below is a set of simple home cleaning instructions in how to address the mould that presently sits on your plastic shower curtain.

1 – Remove the curtain

Begin by taking the curtain off its hooks entirely.

2 – Prepare an old bath towel

Sacrifice an old bath towel in the interests of restoring your shower curtain. Proceed to dampen one end of the towel in hot water.

3 – Scrub the curtain

Find an area where you can lay the shower curtain out freely. Usually this will be away from the bathroom area altogether. Once spread out properly, go about blotting all existing stains with the old bath towel, relying on the hot water to create the foundation for addressing the stains. This will suffice as a type of pre-soak.

4 – Introduce white vinegar to the mix

Rinse out your bathroom sink before placing the plug in. Apply equal parts white wine vinegar and hot water. Comb over the solution with hand, mixing it in a circular manner for 30 seconds.

5 – Soak the curtain

Retrieve you shower curtain from wherever you performed its pre-soak and place it into your bathroom sink’s solution. If your sink is comparatively small, be sure to tuck the whole curtain in regardless. In other words, don’t leave bits hanging off the side of the basin. Soak the curtain for an hour.

6 – Remove the curtain

Take the curtain out of the sink once the full hour has elapsed. Do this slowly in order to prevent your solution spilling. Don’t empty the basin yet though.

7 – Hook the curtain back up

Proceed to hook the shower curtain back up, peg by peg. Make sure the bottom of the curtain is laid out inside of the bath so any excess moisture drips off into it.

8 – Perform a post-soak

Having performed a pre-soak and then a full soak, it’s now time to quickly do a post-soak. Simply dampen that old towel again, this time placing it in your solution to make the most of the leftover vinegar. Add more hot water directly to the towel as well in order to assist the usefulness of the vinegar. Proceed to wipe the whole curtain with the towel. Resort to using a two-sided sponge instead of the towel if you find that stain residue remains.

9 – Rinse the curtain out

Simply activate your shower nozzle and apply hot water all over the curtain.

10 – Hang the curtain out to dry

Finally, remove your shower curtain once again, peg by peg, and hang it out to dry in the sun. Use the pegs to connect the curtain to the washing line. Return the plastic shower curtain to its home once it’s completely dry.

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