Shower curtains are prone to mold and mildew, which can make the bathroom look dirty and unsightly, and can cause the whole area to smell badly. It's not exactly the impression you want to make on your guests.

You can keep shower curtains clean by routinely scrubbing them down, but that can take up a lot of time and effort. Here are a few things you can do to keep shower curtains fresh without having to thoroughly scrub them down every time:

Ensure Proper Ventilation

Without the right airflow in your bathrooms, moisture will remain stagnant and mold will form. You can ensure proper ventilation by installing vents and fans directly over your shower. Since you can't guarantee that guests will always turn on the ventilator, you will also need to hook up the wiring so that the ventilation is on any time the light is on.

Hang the Shower Curtain Outside the Tub

When the shower curtain is left to dry inside the tub, the water can become trapped between the curtain and the tub. The trapped moisture can lead to the formation of mold. Always hang the shower curtain on the outside of the tub, and leave it closed. Guests may change the position of the curtain or leave it open, but housekeeping staff can correct this when tending to the room. If the curtain is left in the proper position the majority of the time, it will reduce the risk of mold.

Buy Smooth Curtains

Shower curtains that have a smooth surface are less prone to mold. Any ridges in the curtain surface can trap moisture and allow bacteria to accumulate. Ridges can also make the shower curtain harder to clean. Simply buying a smooth shower curtain can make all the difference to keeping it clean and free of mold.

Don't let mold and mildew give guests the wrong impression of your hotel. Use these simple tips to always keep your shower curtains clean and fresh.