Even though the iRobot Roomba will clean your floors perfectly, one thing you should know is that the robot will never clean itself. You will have to do this work. To maintain the robot in the best condition, you should clean it properly every now and then. To clean your robot, observe the following tips:
• Cleaning the bin
After every cleaning cycle, ensure that you have emptied the bin. But if you are very busy to do this, you should empty it immediately the red light which indicates that the bin is full illuminates. Then remove the bin by simply pressing the bin release tab and then followed by opening the bin door to empty it.
• Cleaning the filters
Cleaning the filters is important to maximize the robots cleaning performance. You should clean them at least once in every week and at least twice if your home has many pets. Replacement of the filter after every two months is important.
To remove the filter, start by removing the vacuum bin, then proceed by pressing and lifting the robot filter door’s release tab. Grasp the yellow tab to help you remove the filter. Shake off all debris by actually tapping the filter against a trash container.
• Cleaning the debris extractors
If your are using your robot cleaner in a home with many pets, you should clean your debris extractors after every three months or after every four months if your home has no pets. Simply pinch the yellow extractor’s frame release tab, then lift up the robots extractors frame and remove all the obstructions. Remove debris or any pet hair which may have collected under the caps and around the cleaners metal axles. Proceed to remove debris and hair from the extractors and the square plastic pegs on all the other sides of the extractors.
• Cleaning the sensors
Cleaning the bin and cliff sensors once in a week is important. Wipe the Roomba’s cliff sensors using a very clean dry cloth and proceed with wiping bin sensors and the sensor ports with the same cloth.
• Cleaning the front wheel
You should clean the front wheel at least once in a week. Start by pulling firmly on your robot’s front wheel and remove it. Remove all the debris that might have stuck inside the robot’s front cavity. The other step involves removing the front wheel out of its housing. To do this you need to push it through from the underside. Clear all hair wrapped around your robot’s wear guards. In case the robot wheels are not rotating normally, use one hand to grab the wheel by placing one finger over one wear guard and pull the other close wear guard using the other hand. This way, you will remove it axle from this wheel. Then clear away any debris and hair from the wheel and axle assembly. Lastly, reinstall the robot’s wear guards and the shaft assembly back to the front wheel and then the wheel to its housing.
• Cleaning the spinning side brush
Clean iRobot Roomba’s spinning side brush at least once in a week. Remove the screw and set it at a safer place. To remove it, use a small screw driver or even a coin. After you have done this, the brush will just pop. Remove the brush and ensure that there is no hair or debris stuck inside of it. Removing the hair prevents damages which it can cause to this brush. At the least, minor clogs can cause the Roomba to use more energy to make the brush turn and therefore keeping the brush free of hair will be a great advantage to you. If there is more debris or hair stuck inside the robot’s inner brush, you will have to apply force to loosen it. A great idea is to use a paper clip.
• Cleaning the front cover
The Roomba’s front cover may be fairly clean but wiping off dust from the cover is important. To do this, just use a rag or a dry paper towel. You won’t need to use any fluids. It may also be important to wipe off any dust which may have accumulated on the top sensor or the eyes.
• Flip it over
After cleaning the front cover, you should turn your Roomba over and clean the bottom. Immediately you flip it over, place it on a soft thing to avoid damaging the top sensor. Repeat what you did for the top cover and wipe any dust that might have accumulated on the rare side of the cleaner. You will realize that the rare side has more dust than the top. Wipe off the other little sensors which are usually toward the Roomba’s front. There are more eyes which warn the robot to slow down when it gets closer to an object. They also warn the robot about any impending drops and cleaning them ensures that your Roomba remain to be a single piece.
• Cleaning the main brushes
Cleaning the main brushes is an important task. To clean them, gently open the tray which holds them in place and then remove both of them. One of them is made of solid rubber and therefore you only need to wipe clean using a cloth. There are people, who squirt some cleaning fluid on the cleaning cloth, but this isn’t important – a dry cloth will work. The second brush consists of bristles and therefore it is the one that gets entangled with pet hair and some other types of debris.
The iRobot Roomba might have come with a small device for cleaning this brush. However, you can sue your hands to pick it clean. Furthermore, each brush comes with a small removable yellow cap at the end. Remove the caps and check for any debris. You should also know that the bristle brush may have lots of hair at times jammed in the little cap. Removing this hair is important because the debris can lead to some damages similar to what you expect with the side brush. After cleaning, put the caps and the brushes back to place. Properly close the container which holds the brushes.
• Cleaning the charging contact points
For your robot to maintain its maximum performance, you should clean the charging contact points like once in every week. To do this, simply wipe the contacts using a very clean dry cloth.
How long does it take to clean an iRobot Roomba?
Fortunately, the cleaning process doesn’t take long after you are accustomed to this task. Regardless of how thorough the cleaning is, you should expect it to take between ten and 20 minutes. You can clean the robot after each and every cleaning cycle particularly when your home has lots of pet hair or longer human hair lying around.