Category Archive: Shower Curtains

Specialty Materials from Gary Manufacturing help you stay ahead of fire and health compliances.

Currently, the U.S. doesn’t have nationwide compliance codes in place governing the requirements for curtains and draperies in existing facilities. However, fabric for shower and privacy curtains in newly erected buildings like hotels and healthcare facilities must adhere to certain fire and antimicrobial standards. Read on to learn more about fire retardant, static-reducing, and antimicrobial shower curtains that enhance safety in your facility.

Fire Retardant & Antimicrobial Curtains for Hotels, Hospitals, & Mental Institutions

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Applications for privacy and shower curtains in healthcare settings and hotels tend to be more demanding than residential ones, requiring rugged fabric for optimal durability, sanitation, and fire and static resistance. Beyond looking nice in a room, these curtains should not interfere with patient treatment and should promote a safe and sterile environment for workers, patients, and guests.

Gary Manufacturing, Inc. specializes in fire-resistant and antimicrobial hospital curtains, hotel curtains, and other industrial curtains made of Sure-Chek, an NFPA 701-compliant material that is vinyl-certified as flame retardant. Sure-Chek also meets REACH, Prop 65, RoHS, non-P, and other related standards. Our company is the only West Coast manufacturer to create products such as shower curtains and rack or cart covers with this material.

As an alternative to vinyl Sure-Chek, Gary Manufacturing also offers Shower Shield, a fabric ideal for cruise ships, hotels, and more. It’s a fully washable polyester material with an antimicrobial finish and flame-retardant certification.

Benefits of Sure-Chek Shower & Cubicle Curtains

Sure-Chek shower and cubicle curtains check all the boxes for safety, sanitation, and convenience. These curtains are:

  • Durable. Sure-Chek fire retardant shower curtains and cubicle curtains can withstand excessive use and washing for a long-lasting, wear- and tear-resistant drapery solution.
  • Flame resistant. As an NFPA 701-complaint material, Sure-Chek is resistant to combustion, and once the fire source is eliminated, it will self-extinguish.
  • Antimicrobial. The advanced controlled release system in Sure-Chek fabrics sends antimicrobial agents to its surface to support a sterile environment.
  • Odor resistant. Sure-Chek is specially treated to resist odor-causing bacteria.
  • Stain resistant. Curtains in hotels and hospitals must be clean—and they must look clean for the peace of mind of guests and patients. Sure-Chek resists stains as most grease, oils, and other contaminants will come off by applying soap and water.
  • Antistatic. “Anstat,” an antistatic property within the formulation of the Sure-Chek fabric, prevents electrostatic build-up that could disrupt sensitive medical equipment.
  • Economical. As Sure-Chek curtains are long-lasting and require minimal care, using them will reduce your curtain replacement costs and save on labor costs associated with washing, disinfecting, and repairing or replacing your curtains.
  • Decorative. Sure-Chek curtains are available in 72″ and several color options with a linen finish for a contemporary look, including white, clear, dune, seafoam, seagrass, pewter, and black.

Fire Retardant Shower Curtains & More From Gary Manufacturing

Since 1958, Gary Manufacturing has been proudly producing high-quality curtains and custom covers in the United States for diverse customers, including healthcare and medical clients like Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, the Chamberlin Group, Anatomage, Roche, Columbia Medical, Cook Medical, and Harvard Medical. We are committed to providing socially responsible products and utilizing advanced technologies to expand our global production capabilities.
Our team understands the stringent requirements in medical and hospitality settings, and we’re proud to create effective solutions that meet those standards. As a part of the plastics and textiles industry, we offer a variety of material options for your convenience, including nylon, vinyl, polyester and polyester blends, and numerous specialty fabrics. Contact us to learn more about the capabilities of Sure-Chek and Shower Shield fabrics, or request a quote to begin your curtain project today.

PREA: Shower Curtains for Compliance and Prevention

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Gary Manufacturing is always looking for ways to innovate products of all types across many industries. For many years we have produced shower curtains for the Department of Corrections that gives institutions another tool to protect those in their care from a deeply troubling yet commonly occurring issue.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed by Congress to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in federal, state, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.” (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003.)

For a shower curtain to meet PREA standards it needs to allow staff to see what is happening in each shower stall, while still offering the inmate their privacy. Gary Manufacturing offers many different solutions to our institutional customers to meet PREA regulations.

Clear vinyl windows are an unmatched solution for many facilities that need to meet PREA standards. The benefits of clear vinyl windows when pairing them with a solid vinyl means you can offer the inmate privacy in the shower while still allowing the staff to see what is happening above the shoulder and below the knee. This greatly reduces the opportunity for any dangerous activity.

Many institutions pair the clear vinyl window and solid vinyl with a mesh heading. Our mesh meets the standard of allowing the staff to see what is happening above the shoulder with the additional benefit of allowing air to circulate and steam to escape.

At Gary Manufacturing we offer a standard window sizing of 17 inches but can customize to meet the needs of each shower room configuration.

While not necessary for PREA, many institutions also need to meet breakaway regulations so the inmate cannot hurt themselves. Gary Manufacturing provides two different solutions to meet this need: Fold-over and Velcro.

Our fold-over breakaway shower curtains are constructed to fold over the curtain rod and attach to themselves using either snaps or, more commonly, Velcro. This solution allows for durable strength but will still give way if heavy force is used and eliminates the need for metal grommets and hooks.

Our Velcro breakaway shower curtains are simpler in that there is a strip of Velcro along the top of the shower curtain that would attach to a system the facility has in place or directly to the wall or ceiling. We also offer Velcro slider tabs that will insert into a track system. This solution is the most popular among many facilities as it offers a quick release of the curtain should the need arise.

Gary Manufacturing is proud to be part of the community that uses our resources to help offer solutions for these avoidable tragedies. We offer high-quality products with low minimums. Our quick turnaround time can get your institution outfitted with shower curtains meeting PREA standards in less than a month.

Call us at 1-800-775-0804 or email for a free quote today!

For more information on PREA check out the National PREA Resource Center at



Shower Curtains that Perform for Behavioral Health Facilities

Gary Manufacturing understands that the needs for suitable shower curtains in behavioral health centers are varied. Privacy, safety, and durability are among the top needs noted for this specialty setting. Gary Manufacturing offers many different options to meet these needs. A combination of our Sure-Chek Linen vinyl, breathable mesh, and breakaway options fulfill many of these needs and allow us to make the perfect solution for all facilities.

One of our customers, a behavioral health center in the United States, contacted us earlier this year with a specific set of needs. After a brief discussion of their specific needs, we were able to come up with the perfect solution for them.

The first requirement this facility had was that it needs a material that is anti-microbial to limit bacteria transmission from person to person. We offered Sure-Chek Linen, a material that has a controlled release system that continually sends the antimicrobial agent to the fabric surface. This built-in protection lasts the life of the fabric and is a perfect solution to this requirement.

Another important requirement for a behavioral center is a shower curtain that is flame resistant. Sure-Chek® fabrics are NFPA 701 certified to resist combustion and will self-extinguish when the source of flame is removed.

Heavy use areas in behavioral centers, prisons, hospitals, schools, and gyms need a durable solution to make sure the shower curtains can handle excessive use. Sure-Chek® fabrics are incredibly strong, withstanding severe wear and use. Extra strength and tear resistance mean extended curtain life, ensuring a cost-effective solution for such an industrial setting.

In behavioral centers, the safety of the patient is of the utmost importance. Using our breakaway Velcro or snap options, patients are unable to harm themselves. This extra protection offers peace of mind to the facilitators as well as meets anti-ligature requirements. Mesh fabric at the top of shower curtains allows the staff to see what the patient is doing while maintaining privacy for the patient. The combination of our mesh fabric and windows allow us to meet PREA requirements many facilities have in place.

Millions of people in the United States are in a facility where they are cared for by staff. Our custom shower curtains are made with patient safety as the number one priority. Our Sure-Chek Linen, mesh option, and breakaway headers make for a winning solution to a variety of concerns. We can help!

Call us at 1-800-775-0804 or email for a free quote today!

Frequently Asked Questions – Shower Curtains

Gary Manufacturing supplies a variety of vinyl and fabric shower curtains. Industries we supply are; gyms, prisons, corporate facilities, hospitals, colleges, and cruise ships.

Our curtains are manufactured to the highest industry standards. Gary Manufacturing is known for our consistent quality, fast-turnaround, and excellent customer service.


Q: Do you have a standard size?

A: We offer standard sizes to fit basic needs. We specialize in extra-long and extra-wide shower curtains.

Standard sizes can include:









Q: How do you hang the shower curtains?

A: Our shower curtains come with grommets or buttonholes to fit standard shower curtain rings or hooks. We also offer various headers, including Velcro to attached to ceiling or wall and rod pockets or fold over when bars are in use, but hooks are not allowed.

Q: Do your shower curtains come with hooks?

A: Our shower curtains do not come with hooks, but we do offer standard metal shower curtain rings for an additional charge.

Q: What materials do you offer?

A: We offer a variety of vinyls and fabrics to fit your needs. Please contact us with your need and we will recommend the best solution for you. Our most popular vinyls are the Sure-Chek Linen vinyl from Herculite and our 10g Pebble. Our most popular fabric is the Shower Shield.

Q: Do you offer printed shower curtains?

A: We may be able to print your logo or design on our curtains. Please call to discuss the project and minimums.

Q: Are your shower curtains washable?

A: Our fabric shower curtains are machine washable; our vinyl shower curtains are recommended to wipe down with warm, soapy water.

Q: Do you offer breakaway shower curtains?

A: We offer two different breakaway options. We can make your curtains with a Velcro strip along the top to attach to a system you have in place. Our second option is a fold-over option that will fold the curtain over your rod and attach to itself with Velcro or snaps.

Q: Are your shower curtains certified?

A: We have various materials that will meet your certification needs.

We have options for the following:

  • Prop 65
  • NFPA 701
  • Flame Resistant
  • Stain Resistant
  • Antistatic
  • Odor Resistant
  • Antimicrobial/Anti-bacterial
  • Breathable

We are also able to meet construction requirements for:

  • PREA
  • Anti-Ligature
  • Breakaway
  • See Through

Q: What customization do you offer?

A: Customization is available depending on the requirements of the application. Clients may request the addition of hospital mesh, clear windows, or weights and magnets to meet regulatory standards.

Q: Are your shower curtains American made?

A: Our shower curtains are produced out of our factory in National City, California.

Stock Materials for Clear Vinyl Curtains

Gary Manufacturing offers clear vinyl industrial curtains in a variety of different materials to fit the needs of your project. Here are 5 of the most versatile solutions we offer.  Our five most popular choices for clear vinyl include:

6g or 10g Crystal Clear PVC Film – A clear film that allows for full visibility and light penetration.

Recommended Uses: Shower curtains, windows in custom bags and covers, pockets on promotional chair caps, doors on rack covers, room dividers, and protective barriers.




Frosty Clear PVC Film – A partially opaque film that allows for light penetration and some visibility.

Recommended Uses:  Rack covers, shower curtains, and custom covers.



6g Clear Parquet – An embossed clear film that allows for visibility and light penetration while still maintaining some privacy.

Recommended Uses: Shower curtains.






12oz Clear Banna – A heavy duty supported frosty clear film with interior scrim that allows partial

light penetration and visibility.

Recommended Uses: Rack covers, custom covers, and custom bags.



Sure-Chek – A hospital-ready reinforced clear film with interior scrim that includes antimicrobial, anti-static, and flame-resistant properties.

Recommended Uses: Shower curtains, rack covers, cart covers, custom covers, and cubicle curtains.





Our vinyl curtains may include water-repellent, fire retardant, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. They are easy to maintain and come in different thicknesses. Customers can also choose between REACH-compliant or Prop 65-compliant vinyl varieties.

Call us today at 1-800-775-0804 or email to discuss your project with our expert sales team.


New For 2020!

Gary Manufacturing is now a major West Coast supplier of Sure-Chek Linen vinyl by Herculite.  Call us right away for a quote on your shower curtain project 800-775-0804 or email

Gary Manufacturing can produce shower curtains with mesh tops, clear windows, plastic or metal grommets, Velcro closures and more.

  • Hospitals and architects call for Sure-Chek because the material is certified to meet the conditions in hospitals, mental health facilities, prisons, and other institutions. Architects drawings specify this material because the properties it contain are specific to the needs of the environment.

Herculite’s Sure-Chek offers the following benefits;

  • Durability
  • Antimicrobial resistance using a slow-release system that protects the surface of the fabric for the life of the product.
  • Antistatic
  • Flame resistance
  • Resistance to odors, stains, and fluids
  • Hypoallergenic
  • REACH compliant
  • Thermally conductive

Gary Manufacturing in San Diego, California now stocks 5 of the most popular Sure-Chek colors:

Sure Chek Colors

Special order colors include: (longer lead-time and higher minimums may apply)

Mauve    Translucent    Seagrass    Gull Gray    Light Blue   Mint

Sure-Chek has become a standard in the industry when supplying high-use areas.  Not only does Sure-Chek make an impressive shower curtain, we use it for cart covers, rack covers, and equipment covers as well.

We are excited to be able to offer you custom curtains made from Sure-Chek and take your project to the next level in healthcare fabrics. Call or email us to discuss your project.  800-775-0804 or



Custom Made Shower Curtains

Gary Manufacturing manufactures quality custom, made in the USA shower curtains for different commercial applications including hotels, gyms, spas, and hospitals.

Custom Made Shower CurtainsWe carry a variety of water repellent fabrics and vinyls that can be made to order in various sizes. Our shower curtains are manufactured to meet and exceed commercial durability specifications. Our best selling vinyl is our 10g Pebble, which available in white and beige.

The 10g Pebble vinyl has anti-bacterial and anti-bacterial properties for mildew resistance. It is also fire retardant to meet building codes. Please note that we also offer a selection of Prop-65 compliant vinyls; the most popular being our 6g Parquet which is available in the following colors: white, blue, beige and clear.

Nylon is a great choice for commercial shower curtains because it dries quickly. Hotels especially like our specialty treated nylons for their soft yet long-lasting durability. Our most popular nylon is our Dobie (available in white and almond) which has a soft textured design for that extra touch of class. We also have a nice selection of more traditional shower curtain fabrics including our Super Repel (available in white) as well as our 200 Denier Oxford nylon (available white and lemon). Read more about nylon fabric selection.

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Contact us for a quote. We will need to know the stall size, or curtain measurements, as well as the number of curtains you need and the material(s) you are interested in. Free sample swatches are available by request. Price breaks are also available.

Made in America Shower Curtains

Shower curtains are a vital piece to every bathroom and we here at Gary Manufacturing want to make sure that you have the perfect fit.

Made in USA Shower Curtain Parquet ClearWe pride ourselves on our American-made shower curtains that are all custom sewn in sunny San Diego. Our shower curtains are a great fit for many different industries with many of our customers coming from gyms, hotels, spas, and hospitals. We offer a variety of different fabrics and vinyls so that your shower is complete.

Extra-long? Extra-short? It doesn’t matter. We can custom make any shower curtain specifications you need. We offer grommets for vinyl, buttonholes for fabrics and even a Velcro header if you need a quick breakaway curtain.

Our most popular vinyl is our 10g Pebble, white or beige, due to its anti-bacterial and fire-retardant properties. We also have our popular 6g Parquet if you need that Prop 65 compliance.

Hotels and Spas are partial to our made in the USA fabric shower curtains, such as our Dobie Weave or Super Repel, due to their fast-drying and durability, while still having that elegance to make customers feel like they are in an upscale setting.

We believe that we have the shower curtain for any situation and we are ready and able to give you a free quote today. Give us a call at 1-800- 775- 0804 or email us at to get your quote today!

Shower Curtain Manufacturing Services

Extra Long Shower Curtains

Gary Manufacturing is the expert you’re looking for to manufacture extra long and extra wide shower curtains.

We offer an extensive line of vinyl and nylon fabrics to meet your industry standard.  Standard size shower curtains are 35″ wide by 70″ long or 70″ wide by 70″ long.  Often your opening requires a curtain that is not of a standard dimension.  We cut and sew to order so your shower areas are covered correctly.

Do you need a curtain that is 84″ long?  How about a curtain that is 120″ and 96″ long?  We can make that for you!  Your curtains will be cut and sewn to order and will ship from our facility 10 to 15 business days from the date you place your order.  We serve industries such as prisons, mental health institutions, hospitals, gyms, farms, and schools.  Call us today for a perfect fit solution to your non-standard area, our professional sales team is happy to give you quote and walk you through the quick process of getting your shower curtains manufactured.