We came to conclusions about our Top Pick, Honorable Mention and Green Pick by analyzing different testing categories. Each category was looked at closely in order to determine the overall score and allowed us to narrow down hundreds of options down to just three.
Power: A powerful mold and mildew remover shouldn’t require multiple applications over the course of several days or weeks to get the job done. With every product we tested, we looked at how long it took to start seeing noticeable results. Some products worked in a matter of seconds, while others took days or were completely ineffective. The most powerful products handled various severities of mold and mildew with ease. Power was one of our most important testing categories, as it is a true reflection of the results each remover delivered.
Application: The best mold and mildew removers are convenient to the point where they don’t require intense scrubbing with a brush. With every product we evaluated, we followed the directions exactly as indicated on the label and determined if the application delivered the results advertised. Products that received the highest scores only had to be applied once to remove the mold and mildew, or at least show a noticeable difference. The lower scores meant the application wasn’t as easy as advertised or it required multiple applications.
Odor: Mold and mildew removers tend to have strong odors when applied due to the chemicals contained in the liquid. It was interesting to see the correlation between the strongest smelling products and the effectiveness of those products. The ones with the most odor weren’t necessarily the most effective, so we judged this category based solely on how strong the smell was, in our opinion, and how long the odor stuck around in the room where the product was applied.