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friedo
05-04-2006, 06:41 AM
:confused:

GaryM
05-04-2006, 06:45 AM
Many shower curtains are made of non-waterproof fabric, so the liner provide the waterproofing part.

My Mom has had some that were quite fancy and a liner prevented soak trough and water spots on the part that shows. Also she let the outer panel hang on the outside or the tub and the liner on the inside. It looked better that way.

friedo
05-04-2006, 06:54 AM
Now that's the stupidest thing I ever heard. What's the point of a shower curtain if it's not waterproof?

My mom always admonished me to keep the curtain inside the tub and that's how I'm going to continue to live my life, god dammit.

The one I'm going to get is vinyl, which I assume is waterproof, right? So there's no need to allow BB&B to scam me out of $15 of my hard-earned money for this liner business.

Fear Itself
05-04-2006, 06:56 AM
What's the point of a shower curtain if it's not waterproof? To look pretty. Vinyl doesn't look pretty.

friedo
05-04-2006, 07:02 AM
To look pretty. Vinyl doesn't look pretty.

You must be one of those people who knows the difference between a blanket and a duvet.

FilmGeek
05-04-2006, 08:08 AM
I have a cloth shower curtain and a vinyl shower curtain liner. It looks nice.

Also, I can replace the shower curtain liner when it gets all scummy for $5 rather than buying a whole new shower curtain.

The Chao Goes Mu
05-04-2006, 08:14 AM
I have both a liner and a curtain in both of my bathrooms. The liner is clear vinyl (for better lighting in the shower) and the curtains are decorative to match the scheme in the bathrooms. I love it because the liners have to be replaced periodically and they're cheap. I can throw the curtain in the laundry and keep the bathroom looking nice and stylish.

Cub Mistress
05-04-2006, 08:21 AM
FilmGeek, you can be even more frugal and wash that shower curtain liner instead of replacing it. Use hot water in the machine and throw in a couple of dirty towels with it.

My outer shower curtain was made from a twin-size bedsheet, so it requires a liner for waterproofing.

bump
05-04-2006, 08:37 AM
Better yet, get one with metal grommets on it.... then you can wash it repeatedly and use it until the curtain itself splits.

I have 9 years and counting on mine, although it's starting to get kind of stiff and will probably crack the next time I wash it.

Otto
05-04-2006, 08:54 AM
The one I'm going to get is vinyl, which I assume is waterproof, right? So there's no need to allow BB&B to scam me out of $15 of my hard-earned money for this liner business.
Fifteen bucks for a shower curtain liner? I get mine at the dollar store.

vetbridge
05-04-2006, 11:25 AM
You must be one of those people who knows the difference between a blanket and a duvet.
hehehe. A friend gave me a "bed kit" as a gift. It had sheets, pillowcases, a comforter, etc. The etc part puzzled me. I called my gf and asked, "what is a sham and a dust ruffle?". She told me those are things people like me can toss. Good advice!

Kimstu
05-04-2006, 12:07 PM
I called my gf and asked, "what is a sham and a dust ruffle?".

Sounds like a Regency-era insult. "You, sirrah, are a sham and a dust ruffle".

(Actually, a sham is a sort of decorative pillow and a dust ruffle is a fabric "skirt" that hangs from the lower edge of the mattress to the floor. So you can hide the dust under the bed, presumably.)

By the way, if you don't want a PVC vinyl shower curtain liner (mmm, new-car smell!), you can also buy nylon or polyester ones, although they're not as cheap or ubiquitous.

Sailboat
05-04-2006, 12:23 PM
Sounds like a Regency-era insult. "You, sirrah, are a sham and a dust ruffle".

That means pistols at dawn, miscreant!

By the way, if you don't want a PVC vinyl shower curtain liner (mmm, new-car smell!), you can also buy nylon or polyester ones, although they're not as cheap or ubiquitous.

No kidding. Pet birds are very sensitive to airborne chemicals (canaries in coal mines, and all that), so we had to return our reeking vinyl stinker and go find a nylon one. Perhaps the vinyl would have stopped offgassing, or whatever it was doing, with the passage of time, but we have to be vigilant to protect our feathered family members.

Incidentally, friedo, one pratical reason to have frilly pretty stuff in the bathroom is it makes girls much more likely to go in there...sometimes, if you're lucky, to "freshen up". ;)

Sailboat

redtail23
05-04-2006, 12:41 PM
I have a clear, plastic shower liner; I think it was about $10. It gets thrown in the washer periodically when it gets grubby.

I skipped the whole shower curtain thing. This was cheaper and easier. It's not like I get hordes of strangers trouping through while I'm showering. And the bathtub gets cleaned on a fairly regular basis, so I'm not really afraid that someone might see it.

Actually I rather like the way it looks. Most shower curtains are just annoying to look at, IMO.

WhyNot
05-04-2006, 01:35 PM
Buncha savages in this thread.
...(Actually, a sham is a sort of decorative pillow ...
A sham is a decorative pillowcase, not pillow. It usually has an extra strip of fabric or ruffly lace that sticks out from the pillow when it's lying on your bed. Like these. (http://babybattenburg.com/pillow_sham_solid_6_colors.jpg)

You must be one of those people who knows the difference between a blanket and a duvet.
A duvet is a cover that you stick your comforter inside. It's essentially two big sheets of fabric sewn together on three sides. The fourth is open, or held closed by buttons. You can stick a non-washable down comforter inside, and then strip off the duvet for machine washing when it needs it. A blanket's just a blanket.

And a shower curtain liner, in my case, keeps my water inside my shower and not all over the floor. The rod is hung too high, you see, and I couldn't find a curtain long enough to meet my tub. A did, however, find a liner long enough. Go figure. I don't wash it, exactly, but I do spray it down with a 20% bleach solution each week. Kills the mildew without wrestling with hooks to take the stupid thing down.

Zsofia
05-04-2006, 02:36 PM
No, that's a duvet cover, heathen. I think duvet and comforter are interchangeable words; they seem to call it "duvet" all the time across the pond.

gabriela
05-04-2006, 04:46 PM
Have you noticed that except for Sailboat and Cub Mistress and me, this funny little thread has garnered an ungodly number of posters with thousands and thousands of posts under their dust ruffles?

Oh, by the way, redtail23, sure you clean your bathtub. Sure.

Kimstu
05-04-2006, 04:52 PM
Have you noticed that except for Sailboat and Cub Mistress and me, this funny little thread has garnered an ungodly number of posters with thousands and thousands of posts under their dust ruffles?

Is that surprising? Lots of Dopers have accumulated lots of posts, particularly those of us who've been around for several years.

Zsofia
05-04-2006, 07:13 PM
Holy crispy crap! I was going to say "well, you two and me" and then I looked up and I have more than three thousand posts! What on earth was I talking about?!

Anaamika
05-04-2006, 07:15 PM
Now that's the stupidest thing I ever heard. What's the point of a shower curtain if it's not waterproof?

My mom always admonished me to keep the curtain inside the tub and that's how I'm going to continue to live my life, god dammit.

The one I'm going to get is vinyl, which I assume is waterproof, right? So there's no need to allow BB&B to scam me out of $15 of my hard-earned money for this liner business.
Mostly I've seen them in guest bathrooms, not the standard bathrooms. But if you have a rich house, why have a shabby bathroom?

Balthisar
05-04-2006, 08:13 PM
I'll just reinforce many of the above -- super-excellent shower curtain on the outside of the tub, and a dollar-store "liner" on the inside of the tub. Disposable inner; too-nice-to-trash-outer.

In fact, in my previous house, I tore out the crappy, spotty, have-to-clean-all-the-damn-time shower door for the convenience of a disposable inner show curtain liner. It's a heck of lot easier to pay a few bucks every few weeks than to maintain the spotlessness of a glass sliding door.

Kiminy
05-04-2006, 08:29 PM
The one I'm going to get is vinyl, which I assume is waterproof, right? So there's no need to allow BB&B to scam me out of $15 of my hard-earned money for this liner business.If it's vinyl, it's a liner, not a curtain. (Unless it has a cloth layer on one side and a vinyl layer on the other.) A curtain is made of cloth, and is usually not waterproof.

You can do with just a liner--we did for years because we didn't really feel like spending money on a curtain that was just there for show. Now we have curtains and liners in both bathrooms, because it just looks nicer.

I buy the liners for less than $4, and with occasional washings, they last for about a year before the holes break at the top. At that point, the liner becomes a waterproof sheet that I keep in my car in case I have to put messy things in the trunk (garden supplies, sod, etc.).

The curtains, though, have lasted for years.

mnemosyne
05-04-2006, 08:47 PM
IME, a duvet isn't decorative in any way. They tend to be white, off-white or greyish, and basically are just a bag of feathers (or a synthetic filler). It is put into a bag with a decorative pattern/colour which goes with the scheme of your room (or whatever you bothered to buy). One duvet, several covers, you can change your room as often as you like. A comforter is an all-in-one item, you cannot remove the filler to wash the outer cover, as it's all built in.

In terms of use, they are the same. They are the top layer on your bed, and some people use them to keep them warm, others simply fold them away at night and use sheets and other blankets for covering.

Waenara
05-04-2006, 08:57 PM
Right now I'm actually using two liners, instead of a liner and a curtain.

Both of my liners are PVC - the inner one that hangs into the tub is plain grey and has magnets imbedded in the bottom corners so it sticks to the tub, and the outer one is nicer and has an embossed swirly pattern of two different shades of silver.

I could probably use just one liner and not bother with a curtain (single bachelorette who's not to concerned about interior decorating when she has massive student loan payments), however the reason I'm using both is when I moved into this apartment I bought a new liner, forgetting I already bought one a few weeks before. So I figured I'd use the nicer looking one as a "curtain" and the plain one as a liner.

gigi
05-05-2006, 07:51 AM
No, that's a duvet cover, heathen. I think duvet and comforter are interchangeable words; they seem to call it "duvet" all the time across the pond.As mnemosyne mentioned, a comforter is all one piece while the duvet has an inside piece that goes inside the cover. Is there yet another term for the big goosedown puffs that go on beds in cold regions (no covers, just plain white)?

Personally, I can't stand feeling enclosed in the shower so I just use a clear plastic liner only. But I can understand the cheap replaceable liner paired with a decorative semi-permanent curtain.

Excalibre
05-05-2006, 12:35 PM
I'll just reinforce many of the above -- super-excellent shower curtain on the outside of the tub, and a dollar-store "liner" on the inside of the tub. Disposable inner; too-nice-to-trash-outer.

In fact, in my previous house, I tore out the crappy, spotty, have-to-clean-all-the-damn-time shower door for the convenience of a disposable inner show curtain liner. It's a heck of lot easier to pay a few bucks every few weeks than to maintain the spotlessness of a glass sliding door.
Spotless? Did you have completely transparent glass doors? Because most of them are frosted for some privacy, which incidentally reduces the need to clean them.

The Chao Goes Mu
05-05-2006, 12:58 PM
Plus, a shower curtain liner makes it easier to dispose of the body you partially disolved in your bathtub.







What?

Zsofia
05-05-2006, 01:38 PM
Spotless? Did you have completely transparent glass doors? Because most of them are frosted for some privacy, which incidentally reduces the need to clean them.
My parents have now TWICE remodeled a bathroom (in two seperate houses) and put in clear shower doors. I call them on it and they say "Oh, we didn't think about it." The second bathroom is a big cavernous room that sort of gives the feel that the shower is at the end of a long hallway. You feel seriously naked with that clear door - I hang a towel over it! Also, it's a real pain to clean. In other words, they're not automatically frosted - but they oughta be.

Fear Itself
05-05-2006, 02:23 PM
You feel seriously naked with that clear door...Is there any other way to take a shower?

Excalibre
05-05-2006, 03:21 PM
Is there any other way to take a shower?
Maybe in the moral cesspool you live in! I follow the teachings of Jesus, and wear a modest swimsuit in the shower, as the Lord intends!

redtail23
05-05-2006, 04:23 PM
Oh, by the way, redtail23, sure you clean your bathtub. Sure.Oh, I didn't say that I cleaned the bathtub, now did I? ;)

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