An outdoor shower curtain is similar to a shower curtain that you use inside your bathroom. However, you will need to keep in mind external influences when selecting a curtain that will be installed in your outdoor shower. Outdoor showers are ideal in large backyards or if you live near the beach. Over the years, they have become increasingly popular as a means to distress and rejuvenate. Shower curtains have come a long way too, and today, choices range from a variety of materials to colors and styles. Here are 3 of the best outdoor shower curtain materials.
1. Go Natural with Hemp
Hemp shower curtains are the best choice for an outdoor shower. These curtains are made from hemp and are naturally resistant to mold and mildew. What this means is that they do not use vinyl or PVC liners. Consequently, hemp shower curtains are a greener alternative to vinyl or PVC curtains, which are most commonly used outdoors. What’s more, hemp shower curtains are available in the natural hemp color, light brown, which makes it aesthetically suitable for outdoors, particularly if you have a wooden enclosure. With regard to cleaning, these shower curtains can be washed in a washing machine and hung to dry. Their durable and quick drying nature makes them the best choice for an outdoor shower. Although hemp curtains are more expensive than the other types of shower curtains available, they are eco-friendly, and by using them, you are also helping in the efforts to save the environment.
2. Dress It Up With Fabric
Fabric shower curtains are fast replacing plastic curtains because they are more versatile and are available in many different colors, patterns, and styles. While traditional plastic shower curtains were stiff and plain-looking, fabric curtains are much softer and are suited to meet most décor needs. Among fabric curtains, 100% cotton curtains lined with vinyl or PVC are not suited for outdoor use as they are not as resistant to weather changes. For outdoor installation, always choose 100% polyester curtains. These are available only in solid colors, but do not require any curtain liner, and they are most resistant to mildew and mold. If, however, you do want some design, you can always select polyester mixed with cotton and lined with vinyl. All fabric curtains are easy to wash and clean. Another reason why fabric curtains are preferred to plastic ones is that plastic curtains harden and get very dirty over time; this means that in most cases, you will need to replace your plastic curtains as washing will not soften them. Plastic curtains are also more susceptible to temperature changes, making them unsuited for outdoor use.
3. Stick with Vinyl
Although vinyl shower curtains are not a green choice and they have been surrounded with controversy (certain studies have indicated that they are toxic and contain carcinogens), they are still most widely used for outdoor showers. This is because vinyl curtains are the extremely durable and weather resistant. Vinyl curtains are also available in varied colors and styles and can be washed by scrubbing them with liquid bleach and hosing them down.