New Baths Shower Curtain Vs. Shower Doors

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Hello! My first time posting.
We are getting ready to start renovations on a historic 4 room in. We have 2 baths to remodel and we are replacing tubs with showers, then we are adding two new baths with showers. All rooms will have private baths with two being ensuite.

Like all projects we are budgeting but at the same time we want to get it right. So from a cost factor shower curtains would be better. How often do you clean/switch them?

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  Either one is fine.  The curtains add more laundry to do and the doors add more scrubbing time.  I have found that the sliding glass doors are easier to clean and keep clean than the glass doors that open and shut.  If you are doing curtains, get the good ones since the cheap ones will rip on you.

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I've always like shower doors for my personal bath, but as Morticia says, they can get yucky over time and it becomes an issue to disassemble and clean, in your personal bath you can do some of that cleaning while in the shower, yet not so practical in a guest room.

Guest rooms have a lightweight polyester type curtain, doesn't seem to absorb water and cleaning the tub is much easier than with a door. Also suggest you consider the type of shower head with a hose that allows the guest to hold the shower head, guests seem to like that idea and it sure is handy when you're cleaning that tub/shower to have the use of that hose.

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Those are called "Personal Showerheads" and I have them in each of our bathrooms.

When I was creating my ensuite bathroom, a regular was following the progress and asked if i was going to have personal showerheads in the bathroonms (the original was being redone at the same time). My reply was non-committal as my thought was, nice for Mike. THEN I thought about it. I had cleaned the claw-foot tub by scrubbing and then "hosing" with the then only shower, the "telephone" shower attachment. I had replaced the claw-foot in that bathroom with a 60-inch shower - HOW did I think I was going to clean that thing? I got the personal showerheads in both. I scrub the showers and then spray rinse them. It is a beautiful thing!

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Same as Morticia.

We used to have a door on one of our personal showers.  Curtains proved to be SO much easier to clean.  If you have hard water at all, the doors are a challenge to keep water spots off.  

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After every guest. Think of shower curtains like sheets. Also, be sure to get weighted ones, there is nothing worse than a shower curtain sticking to you because it is too lightweight.

We have doors. I won't say they're easier as they need to be cleaned everyday. And they have to be disassembled and the gaskets replaced when they get moldy, as they do.

 

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Moldy? Ours are as clean as the day we bought them.

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Generic wrote:

Moldy? Ours are as clean as the day we bought them.

Yes, the rubber gaskets get moldy. We've redone the shower doors twice now.

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Are these the one on hinges that swing 90 degrees? Are you spraying with bleach from time to time?

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It's the rubber gasket that holds the glass in the frame. We wash them everyday with a solution that contains bleach.

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Ours look like this. Haven't had a problem in 10 years. The only part we really have to pull out and clean is the clear silicone strip at the bottom. We have had to adjust the spacing from time to time.

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Similar look. I don't know. We switched to black gaskets because the clear ones always looked gross. Now they are gross, but you can't tell. Eye-wink

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Morticia wrote:

After every guest. Think of shower curtains like sheets. Also, be sure to get weighted ones, there is nothing worse than a shower curtain sticking to you because it is too lightweight.

We have doors. I won't say they're easier as they need to be cleaned everyday. And they have to be disassembled and the gaskets replaced when they get moldy, as they do.

That is whyI went with the shower curtain with the nylon liner - easy ro change out, keeps water IN the shower, easy to wash, they are weighted, cheap, and no yucky plastic on the skin. Cleaning shower doors looked like too much wotk. Have I mentioned that I am lazy?

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I have 2 bathrooms - BOTH with curtains. I have nylon liners on the inside of the shower curtains - the yucky plastic never touches  - actually did the same in NY bathroom. I change the nylon liner with each room flip. the liner goes in teh laundry with the rest of the sheets & towels. I have some very pretty liners.

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