Stall and Tub Duck Fabric Shower Curtains
Shrinks and Has Mildew
This shower curtain is certainly heavy duty and resists water--sort of like the old canvas tents we had in Boy Scouts. I still remember the acrid smell of mildew every time I think of those wonderful days of my youth. With this shower curtain you, too, can re-live those days of yore. I don't mind so much that it shrunk 6 inches after washing it. It still is below the lip of the tub (but just barely). I thought that washing the curtain with a healthy dose of bleach and Tide would put the mildew stains in their place, but the stains remain. They don't look as if they will ever come out, so I spent (including shipping) about $75 on a household item that has a very strong ICKY factor. I liked the earlier review that said the curtain was great if you didn't use it to shed water, but it picked up stains anyway. I just can't decide if it's worth the hassle of shipping the thing back. I guess it's worth an hour of my time to get a refund and look for a better product.
May 25, 2013
GOOD -- BUT STAINS!!!
Several years ago we'd had a curtain outside the tub and a waterproof liner from VCS inside (and we need 2 ea. because the rod goes around 2 sides of tub, with a ceiling support in the middle -- so that's a double purchase). Replaced the outside curtain with this one, and for reasons I can't figure, it has accumulated a wavy, very wide, thick, distinct region of "water marks" all the way around. (Which is actually rust, as any chemist will tell you.) Very distinct. In a shower/bath, there's always water in the air with all its minerals, and this curtain just absorbs them very predictably. And there's no way to get it out. Bleach will not do it. I'd need to spread several bottles of Naval Jelly across the whole thing, etc, etc. BIG job -- if it'll even work. Or another rust remover, like the ones with hydrofluoric acid. Again, a huge, questionably successful and time-consuming, labor-intensive job with nasty chemicals. Not one you could do in a washing machine. Physically the curtain works well and is very durable. But it picks up dirt and then other, impossible stains rather quickly. Pretty soon it looks like...you know.
And the old nylon curtain liners from VCS, which NEVER collected mildew -- ever -- were great. (Hope we still have them somewhere, even though they billowed a little.) Replaced those with the only ones available when I got this (ad looked identical!!), and the new nylon curtains (they don't billow, true) collect mildew (supposedly resistant) constantly. I spray them with bleach/water 1:10 every week an hour before showering.
On top of it, those great shower curtain hooks with the teflon rollers -- "used in the best hotels" -- are no longer in the VCS catalogue! Why not? Glad I got them when I did. They need some cleaning with Noxon and re-lube with silicone or white lithium lube every 1 to 2 years if you want to keep them like new. But they're great, and well worth the 1/2 hour job. So why no longer available??
This IS a nice curtain, but before you get it find some way to protect it from water and other stains (Scotch Guard?? -- in the shower, I don't think that would be safe). Impossible to get out without a chemical vat and enough supplies to just buy a new one. Disappointing.
May 21, 2013
Measurements are wrong
Beware if you really need a 72 inch long shower curtain. I just purchased this one as a replacement for the one that I had purchased from the Vermont Country Store about 5 years ago. I just hung the new one up and it is way, way too short. So I measured it -- and it is only 63 inches long, not 72 inches as described. That's a whole 9 inches shorter than I expected. Needless to say, it will be returned tomorrow.
February 21, 2013
Nice shower curtain, but wash it to let it shrink before you hang it!
I bought the cotton ticking shower curtain and I hung it up without washing it first. It was too long and I hemmed it and, unfortunately, it began to mildew. I immediately washed it according to instructions and I didn't use bleach, and the mildew spots didn't come out. It shrunk after I washed and it is the perfect length. I have since washed it in chlorine bleach which seemed to take out or lighten the mildew spots. So, wash it before you hang it up.
November 15, 2012
Not what I expected
This product was not what I expected! I think the instructions should have said to wash curtain before first use. After the first washing it was more pilable. I am confused by the little red dots that appeared. I am unsure if there was some type of chemical reaction to something. In the future I would buy a white curtain that could be bleached. I feel the curtain would wash better is a top load washer; the front loaded just is to gentle to remove all the mildew. However it is good quality material.
November 13, 2012
I've always wanted one.
I've seen this product in your catalog for many years and always wanted one; but, it seems my supply and those others gave me would never run out.
Finally my favorite curtain (it was permeable and a lovely peach color) tore at most of the hanging holes, I had my bathroom redecorated and my grand-daughter visited me and will possibly visit me in the future (I could not let her see that shabby curtain again). It was the time to order.
I could not be more pleased. The curtain is a beautiful snowy white, has sturdy metal grommets in a rather heavy fabric, hangs straight down even when the shower is on, gets wet but not a drop goes through and lands on the tub rim nor on the floor and promises to be machine washable.
I machine wash my shower curtains whether the instructions say to or not; this curtain looks like it will endure under that care.
October 25, 2012
Great Product but not for us
Before receiving product ; we received another curtain as a gift
August 15, 2012