How to maintain the robot vacuum

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How to maintain the robot vacuum

If you regularly use your robot vacuum, we recommend you take good care of it. That means you regularly clean the sensors and filter, and clean or replace the brushes and wheels. This is very important for the lifespan of your robot vacuum.

 

Prepare the Floor

One part of robot-vacuum maintenance nobody talks about is the steps to take before turning the unit on. By preparing the room before cleaning, youre helping the vacuum do a more thorough job while protecting the more delicate parts of your home.

 

The first thing you should look out for are items your robot vacuum could get stuck on. Drapery, pull cords, power cords, clothes, and other loose items need to be picked up and secured. You also need to pick up any toys, slippers, pet dishes, and other small items that you dont want pushed around the floor. Finally, make sure the floor is free from liquids or other wet waste before turning the robot vacuum on.

 

Set Up

You should always begin by reading the user manual, and get familiar with your brand new robot vacuum and all its parts. Read and follow any set up instructions to get your vacuum started properly.

 

Pay close attention to the owners manual to make sure the unit has no missing parts. Make sure you follow the instructions to set up the home base/charger (the robots port). If your robot vacuum connects to WiFi, make sure you follow the connection guide carefully.

 

Clean the sensors and lasers

Robot vacuums use different sensors to find their way around the house. Because the robot vacuum drives around on the floor, these sensors get dirty at some point. This dirt disrupts the signals. Because of this, the robot vacuum might suddenly fall down the stairs or spin around in circles. The robot vacuum isn't broken, it's just time to clean the sensors or lasers. You can read how to do this in a few simple steps in this article or in the manual for your robot vacuum.

 

Empty and clean the dust cup

The dust cup in robot vacuums generally isn't very big. A full dust cup causes the robot to suck up less dirt. It's important to empty the dust cup every time you vacuum to maintain a good vacuuming performance. Aside from that, it's also necessary to clean the dust cup once every month. You can do this with a dry or wet cloth. Make sure you dry it off properly. Otherwise, the dust will stick to the cup.

 

Maintain filter

 

Clean the filter

Some robot vacuums have a filter. To make sure this filter keeps doing its job, you clean it regularly. You can find information on how to remove the filter from your robot vacuum and how often you should clean it in the manual. Clear out the filter above the trash can or rinse it under the faucet. Let the filter dry for 24 hours. Note: not every filter can be cleaned with water.

 

Replace filter

You should replace the filter regularly. It differs per robot vacuum how often this is necessary. You can find this information in the product manual. The filter is made from delicate material. Because it is constantly keeping out dust particles and allergens, the material stretches out and loses its power. This way, the filter doesn't work as well and the dust particles come back in the room more easily along with the exhaust air. And you don't want that.

 

Wheels

When wheels get grimy, they won't turn as well. To keep them spinning, at least once a week make sure there aren't any threads or hairs wrapped around the axles. If there are, use a utility knife to cut the debris free.  

 

Next, check to see if there is anything stuck to the wheels themselves. If so, wipe them down with a damp cloth. Clean wheels get better traction and prevent extra strain on the motor.

 

Main brush

All robot vacuums have at least one main brush that pulls dirt, lint and hair into the dust cup. Like the wheels, the main brush can get entangled with hair and strings. After every use, check the main brush and cut away anything wrapped around it. Be sure not to cut the bristles as you work.

 

Once a month, remove the main brush if the manual says you can and hand wash it in warm water and mild dish soap. Give it a good rinse, then let it air dry fully before putting it back into the vacuum.

 

Side brushes

The side brushes on a robot vacuum are smaller and are used to pull debris into the main brush's reach. They need some extra care to keep working well.

 

After a while you may notice that these brushes become warped and even tangled. Luckily you can straighten them back out, no problem. Heat the plastic bristles for a few seconds with a blow dryer set on high. When they're warm, coax the bristles back into position with your fingers. Hold them in position for a few seconds until they cool, which will set them in place.




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