11 Tips To Take Care Of Your Robot Vacuum

robot vacuum care tips

Although your little friend can do all the cleaning for you, unfortunately it can’t clean itself. To make sure your robot vacuum lives a long and healthy life, you will need to do some maintenance once in a while.

Clean the wheels from cluttered hair

As you might have noticed with your regular vacuum cleaner, human and pet hair tends to get stuck in the wheels’ axles. Most robovacs come with a special tool for removing hair, but if this doesn’t work, simply use a pair of scissors or a kitchen knife to cut it loose. 

Keep the brushes clean and replace them when needed

The mobile application of your robot vacuum might tell you it’s time to replace the brushes again. This might not necessarily be true, as the manufacturer will try to keep selling you stuff. If you clean the brushes on a regular basis, i.e. remove the entangled hair and dust, they should be alright for a lot longer. Most brushes can be manually removed from the vacuum, some might need a screwdriver.

Clean the filter and replace it when necessary

The filter inside your robovac is not designed to be washed. To clean it, simply tap it against a harder surface to shake off the gathered dust and debris. If your robovac does a daily round, you will need to clean the filters every week. When it comes to HEPA filters, you should pay attention to the specifics. Washable HEPA filters can be cleaned under running cold water, while permanent ones need to be cleaned using your regular vacuum cleaner.

Maintain the cliff sensors

While you might only need to replace the sensors every two years or so, you will need to keep them free of dust. If not, your robovac will start bumping into furniture or plunging down the stairs because it will be temporarily blind. The best way to do so is to wipe the sensors with a damp sponge, although some manufacturers recommend the use of a Magic Eraser.

Empty the dustbin regularly

Robot vacuums are known to have much smaller dust compartments than regular vacuum cleaners, so you will have to empty it more often. Dirt compartments can be cleaned under running water once they’re empty. Don’t forget to fully dry it before replacing it.

If you are allergic to dust or pet hair and need minimal contact with the contents of the dustbin, you might want to invest in a self-emptying vacuuming robot. This way, you will only need to replace the larger dust container once in a while.

Don’t let it get wet

This might damage the filter and the internal mechanism of your robovac. To clean the surface of the machine, use a damp sponge to wipe it down. Avoid any water from dripping into any small opening. Don’t use your robot vacuum to suck up liquid spills, it is only designed to remove dry debris and dust.

Clean the docking station and its connectors

Even though this is something you might not think necessary, the connectors need to be fully clean in order to make contact with the base to recharge. Use a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the base and on the metal connectors.

Empty your floors when using the robovac

This will avoid it getting stuck and entangled and use the floor-mapping feature to avoid it bumping into furniture, which might damage your appliance.

Block the access to the stairs

Especially if you have a model without cliff sensors to avoid it tumbling down too often. If this happens one too many times, this might damage your robovac beyond repair.

Replace the battery about every 2 to 3 years

This will depend on the vacuuming frequency. Replacing a battery is not exactly the cheapest thing, but it will need to be done at some point. You wouldn’t want your robot friend to stop working all of a sudden, there’s no way you want to go back to a life without it. Batteries are only designed for a number of cycles, and when that number’s up, well, it’s up.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take before the robot vacuum needs to recharge?

High end models can have up to 180 minutes of battery life, which is plenty to clean an entire floor. When the battery does find itself empty, this isn't a problem for the more sophisticated robot cleaners, as they are equipped with a docking station they automatically return to when their battery is about to die. Once fully recharged, the robot will continue cleaning where it left off. Cheaper bots will need to plugged in to recharge.

How do you clean the dustbin filter on a robotic vacuum?

To clean the dustbin filter on a robotic vacuum, first, remove the dustbin from the vacuum. Then, use a damp cloth to remove the dirt, dust, and debris from the filter. Allow the filter to air dry before replacing it back into the vacuum. If the filter has a lot of dust buildup, you can also remove it from the dustbin and gently tap it against a hard surface to remove some of the dust. If necessary, you can also clean the filter with a vacuum cleaner.

How loud are robot vacuums?

Robot vacs are no louder than traditional vacuums. They have an average noise level of 60 to 70 decibels. This sound is generally not too troubling, since the robots are mostly programmed to clean when you're off to work. The most silent ons are at around 50 decibels, which should be like a the gentle hum of a hairdryer.

How do you clean the interior of a robotic vacuum?

To clean the interior of a robotic vacuum, the following steps should be taken: 1. Empty the dustbin or canister. 2. Wipe down the outside of the vacuum, paying extra attention to the edges and nooks where dirt can accumulate. 3. Use compressed air to blow out any dirt and debris that may be lodged in the crevices. 4. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the interior parts of the vacuum, such as the brushes, dustbin, and dust cup. 5. Allow the vacuum to dry before reassembling the parts and running it again.