We wanted our review process to be transparent and easy to follow along with for both our readers and our actual review staff, so we decided to break the grading criteria down into three simple categories: power, appearance, and odor. We will take a few moments to explain these categories in greater detail below:
Power: Where this category is concerned, our primary focus was making sure that you did not have to use a large amount of formula to get your floors cleaned the first time. As previously stated, floors take up a lot of space, so having to spend a lot on floor cleaner would add up very quickly over time. If the formula was not concentrated or required a significant amount of the bottle to be used in one sitting, we lowered the score of the product in this category.
In the interest of full transparency, we will state that we weighed this category far more heavily than the other two because we felt that it was easily the most important of the three criteria which we chose to grade on.
Application: For this category, we were mainly focused on how easy it was to apply and use the product in order to clean the floors, as well as the quality of the packaging in which the product arrived. If the product was in any, way, shape, or form difficult to use, if the instructions were hard to follow, or if the packaging arrived in a damaged or otherwise defective state, than we lowered the score of the product in this category.
Odor: Cleaning the floors in your home or apartment area is already an unpleasant enough experience on its own as it currently stands. The last thing you need to be dealing with when trying to find the best available floor cleaner on the market is finding out that your floor cleaner has a noxious, pungent, or otherwise unpleasant odor. That is why we used our noses to take notes on how good the cleaner smelled while we were using it.
If the floor cleaner had a bad smell at any time during its usage in one of our specialized trials, we lowered the score of the product in that category during our final evaluations and adjusted accordingly.