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Even the smartest robot vacuums need some maintenance now and then. Only its proper maintenance will be able to serve you for a long time.

Robotic vacuum cleaners consist of a large set of parts and sensors. If you don’t take good care of it and clean it seriously or replace it every now and then, sooner or later the vacuum cleaner will leave you in a difficult situation. It’s about an easy mutual relationship. You show him a little attention now and then and pat him with a piece of cloth, and then he’ll happily tidy up without objecting or coughing. Much like your steel horse, which you dip into every now and then to take a shower and replace worn parts.

You just need a lot less to maintain the vacuum cleaner. Basically, you have to make sure it is sufficiently ‘saturated’, that it has a charged battery, that it has enough empty trash cans, that its eyes are clear, i.e. clean sensors with which to orient itself around the room, that it has a clean filter and that its brushes can clean It rotates effectively, so that it does not completely tangle with the hairs it found in the previous lollipops.

How do I do it? Simply. All you need is a soft microfiber cloth, a soft brush, and maybe a screwdriver for the most precision. Make sure to turn off the vacuum cleaner before each cleaning.

Trash cleaning

It makes sense to start where you are dirtiest. So in the bin where the emptied garbage is collected. This is usually easy to get to, and only stuck to a pin, so just remove it, vacuum it up, and clean it as much as possible. With the newer iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners, such as the i3+, i7+, j7+ and s9+ models, which are the alpha and omega in this area, you can also wash your cat underwater without feeling guilty. With the mentioned models or models marked with a “+”, there’s another special feature that will save you this step most of the time – Roomba automatically empties the basket into the bag into the filling base after each sucking. So, when the Roomba comes in contact with the charge, it empties the basket. This means that you will only have to change the bag in the charging unit every now and then – for some average use, this should be every 60 days. However, if you intend to rinse the basket with water, just be sure to remove the filter first and not get it wet.

Filter cleaning

And so we move on to the next important point – the filter. It’s a good idea to clean it at least once a week or even twice if you have pets. This will extend the life of the filter. Cleaning is very simple, or it follows a “common sense” recipe. After removing the filter from the vacuum cleaner, gently tap the litter box to get rid of suspended waste particles. You can also use a gentle brush or a soft brush and a hand-held vacuum cleaner to polish it more thoroughly. Of course, sooner or later every filter loses its filtering ability, no matter how often it is cleaned. So IRobot recommends about two months’ worth of replacement for your models anyway.

Cleaning the bottom brushes

Next in line are the brushes. Practically every robotic vacuum cleaner has brushes on its body, with which it “grinds” the garbage that gets in its way, and a side brush, with which it reaches into the corners and “kicks” the garbage in front of its “mouth”. Let’s look at the main brushes first, i.e. the bottom brush. These are usually bristle or rubber. You’ll have more work to do with the filaments, as the various filaments and filaments become more tangled and complex, making it more difficult to pull them out. You may also need to use scissors or scissors to prevent it. On the other hand, rubber brushes, such as Roomba vacuum cleaners, are more user-friendly. The hair does not get tangled in them or is easier to remove. Simply remove the brush from its bed in the chassis, remove hair, threads and other debris, then wipe it with a damp cloth. But be very careful if you wash the brush. Underneath the rubber layer is a foam that absorbs water, which is why it must be dried well before being vacuumed.

Like all consumables, of course, the brush will have to be replaced every now and then, as wear and tear can occur. It is recommended to do this once a year or sooner if you notice damage to the brush with the naked eye.

Cleaning the side brushes

There’s no sci-fi when it comes to side brush cleaning either. You will take good care of her by wiping her bristles once a week. If you notice that the hair on it has started to get tangled, remove the brush, clean up all the unwanted waste and re-tie it in place. At iRobot, they think especially of their users here, because they understand that not everyone has a toolbox at home. Therefore, removing the side brush is very easy, you can disassemble it with an ordinary coin. However, you can replace him only when necessary, that is, if one of his arms is torn or his bristles are “scratched”.

Cleaning sensors and cameras

How would you do your homework if you closed your eyes? Or a bandage over them? Nothing can work. The same goes for robotic vacuum cleaners. If they have dirty sensors and cameras, they will be very superficial in their work. Namely, this represents their eyes, with which they orient themselves around space, looking for trash and the like. These are the important parts of every robotic vacuum cleaner. If they have dirty sensors, they can also inadvertently get stuck on stairs. This is why it is worth taking a minute a few times a year and clarifying the vision of your devoted home assistant. There is no need to complicate things. Take a soft, slightly dampened microfiber cloth and wipe the sensors. These are usually located on the body and the camera is on the top or front cover. In any case, we do not recommend using more powerful cleaners, as they can damage the electronics.

bike cleaning

Finally, attention should be paid to the core part that allows the vacuum cleaner to move. These are bikes, of course. These are in principle quite resistant and adapt to many inconveniences, but need cleaning from time to time. The side wheels are usually rougher and some trash can get stuck in them with the help of tweezers. For a soft front wheel, it is usually sufficient to wipe it with a cloth. If a lot of debris has accumulated, remove it, clean the cabin and fasten it again.

Of course, each robotic vacuum cleaner manufacturer also has its own maintenance recommendations, often in the accompanying manual. This iRobot has a particularly comprehensive arrangement of all its models, where you can check out how to take care of each important part of the vacuum cleaner on a dedicated website.

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