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.
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.
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.
Set Up Schedule
Regular cleaning is always better than cleaning once a month. Set the device’s scheduling feature to clean at any day and time. It will turn on and work automatically even when you’re not around. This way, the floors will look great once you come home.
Position the Charging Station in the Open
Many innovative models can chart their way to the docking station to charge the battery. However, this capability depends on how sophisticated the software of the device is. Find an open spot for the charging station and make sure that it’s always plugged in.
Cleaning Your Vacuum
Cleaning the robot regularly prevents dirt build-up and ensures that all the parts, especially the wheels and brushes, are not restricted in their movement. The maintenance procedures must include emptying the dustbin, taking out debris off the filters, and removing hairs caught up on the brushes.
A clean sensor is essential for smooth navigation. Periodically wipe off sensors using a clean, damp cloth. Replace the filter once a year or as per recommendation from the manufacturer.
To get a good grasp on cleaning a robovac, let’s see how to clean the Roomba as an example.
Bin and Filter
You don’t need to wash these parts. Just tap off the debris and wipe the bin and filter with a clean cloth.
Charging contacts are installed in the Home Base (dock) and the machine itself. They “talk” to each other to allow the robovac to charge when it’s running out of battery.
Use a slightly dampened cloth or melamine foam, such as Magic Eraser, to wipe off the dust in charging contacts.
Front Caster Wheel
Pull the wheel firmly to detach it from the robot. Remove the debris and hairs inside the wheel cavity. Wipe all the parts of the wheel before installing it back to the machine.
Detach the brushes from the device. Use the cleaning tool to untangle hair from the brush bristles. Make sure to remove hairs from the yellow brush bearing. Once done, install the brushes plus the bearing back to the device. Make sure that you re-install them properly before turning on the machine.
Edge Sweeping Brush
Use a small screwdriver to loosen the sweeping brush. Take it out and remove hairs from the bristles. Place it back and secure it in place.