7 Things You Can Do To Improve The Effectiveness Of Your Robot Vacuum

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As a basic rule, the more often you have your robotic vacuuming friend do its round, the quicker it will wear out. On the other hand, not using it often enough might also pose a risk. Let us enlighten you with the following 7 tips to ensure that your loyal housekeeper remains in perfect shape for a good number of years.

Regular maintenance

As for any appliance in your house, it’s important to maintain your robovac. Even though your vacuum is really good at cleaning things, it’s not supposed to clean itself! Especially if you have pets, it’s very important to regularly check on the brushes. Dust, debris and pet hair can get stuck in the brushes and in the wheel axles, making it harder for the vac to work efficiently. Don’t forget to clean the filter on a regular basis to ensure no dust is thrown back into the air.

Replace elements when needed

If you already have an app-controlled robovac, you will have received messages asking you to replace internal parts. While it is certainly true that there will come a time when you have to replace the filter of the battery, you should bear in mind that manufacturers need to make a profit. So trust your own judgment. Brushes do wear out, so when you notice a reduced cleaning capacity, it might be time to buy a new set. Although there are plenty of cheap online sellers, we do recommend you only replace parts with authentic accessories. Even though this might seem quite expensive, it’s still cheaper than having to buy a robovac altogether.


Robot vacuums work on wireless, rechargeable batteries. Batteries can only be charged so many times, before they ultimately die. It’s important to let the battery charge completely before using it again, which will improve the battery life. Some of the latest models on the market have self-charging stations, which allow the robovac to return to its dock automatically and ensure optimal battery capacity. 

Think about emptying the dust compartment

It’s easy to forget all about your little vacuuming friend. It’s small, it’s discreet, its docking station is sometimes hidden underneath a piece of furniture… But it’s been working hard and you’ll be surprised to see how quickly it’s been filling up with dust bunnies. Robovacs tend to have smaller dust compartments than their big brothers the regular vacuum cleaners, so you’ll have to empty it more often. If not, dust might start spilling inside the hoover and potentially damage internal parts. If you don’t like this chore, you might want to invest in a self-emptying robovac. In that case, you’ll only have to empty the station occasionally.

Don’t let your robovac get wet

Unless you have a dual robovac with mopping feature, your appliance should stay away from any kind of liquid substance. It’s not designed to remove spills from the kitchen floor, and be careful if you have a young pet that needs toilet training… Store your robovac in a dry space, don’t leave it in a moist basement or garden shed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take a robot vacuum to map a floor?

The time a robot vacuum takes to map the entire room or floor it needs to clean, varies between models. More sophisticated models might take a bit longer to make a detailed map, sometimes up to 3 or 4 cleaning sessions. It's best to leave it be or you'll get annoyed at all the weird moves the robot is making. But once the mapping is done, the vacuuming job will be so easy and straighforward.

What is the best robot vacuum for pet hair?

At the moment, the best robot vacuum for cleaning pet hair from carpets is the iRobot Roomba S9, although it's the most expensive one. The specially designed turbo brush removes almost all hair. Generally speaking, all robot vacuums on the market today have pretty high pet hair score. But if your main reason for buying a robot vacuum is to get rid of pet hair, then you should definitely look at the suction power of the machine.

Can robot vacuum do multiple rooms?

Thanks to its intelligent room mapping feature, most robot vacuums can be programmed to clean multiple rooms on multiple floors. To be able to do this, the vacuum robot of your choosing should be operated through a mobile application.

How to choose a robot vacuum cleaner?

When first buying a robot vacuum cleaner, there are a few things you need to consider. Some models offer more suction power than others, which is important if you have pets. It is also worth knowing if you want a WiFi enabled version, or just one who can be launched with a remote control. All robot vacs have the same basic functions and work pretty well, it's the extra feauture that drive up the price. Newer models have self-emptying capacities for instance, or double as a security camera while you're away.