Easy Steps for Robot Vacuum Maintenance

How to Take Care of Your Robot Vacuum

When it comes to home cleaning, the best way to clean the floor without lifting a finger is by using a robot vacuum. This device is like your handmaid that takes care of wiping the dust off while you’re busy doing something else.


Keeping your robot vacuum (or robovacs for short) clean is vital in prolonging its life expectancy. A robot cleaner typically lasts about four to six years, but it can last longer with proper care. If you want to get the most out of your investment, you better treat your vacuum right by doing these steps below.

These tips are also applicable to robot mops. Learn more about Robot Mop vs Robot Vacuum Combo here.


Pre-Cleaning Stage

Do Some Test Runs

A bot fresh from the box needs to be familiar with the floor plan before it can work independently. During the initial trials, it needs your presence so that you can observe how it works. You will get an idea of making it run smoothly even without your help on the next cleaning sessions.

Take Out Obstructions

Even the smartest robot can have difficulty sensing blockage that it might stumble on. When these obstructions get in the way of the robot’s brushes, it can get entangled there and trouble its performance. It’s important to pre-clean the floor and take out anything that can restrict its movement, such as cables, curtains, toys, etc.

Watch Out for the Tassels and Shag

Some robovacs can climb up the carpets but many can’t.  It’s even more challenging for the machine if the rug has many tassels. Before turning on the device, make sure to tuck in tassels underneath the carpet. Or better yet, remove the rug to let the bot do its work without interruption, then put it back in once the cleaning is done.

Create Barriers

Restrict the bot’s movement within the already pre-cleaned space by setting up virtual walls or cordoning off other areas with physical boundaries like baby crates or simply closing the doors. The purpose of doing this is to prevent the machine from going to other parts of the house that are still messy.

Tidy Up Tables and Furniture

Most robot vacuums can pick up those crumbs under your dining table or sofa. However, it will help a lot if you collect them before vacuuming. If that is too much work for you, at least pull the furniture away to create a space where the robot can move freely.

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