To keep your iRobot Roomba running at the peak performance and have little fun when disabling its parts, you have to follow some tips. Including after few cleaning cycles debris such as dirt, dust, fur and hair may begin taking a toll on the cleaning robot. If you are a beginner, you have to remember that failure to maintain your iRobot in the best shape will put harmful strain on the machines battery.
Maintaining your iRobot Roomba
The purchase of a Roomba is a great investment in the maintenance of your flooring. Proper maintenance with replacement supplies will keep your unit running soundly for a very long time. To maintain your iRobot Roomba in optimal performance, observe the following tips:
1. Clean Roomba’s brushes every 2 to 3 cleaning cycles
To help you keep the brushes free from debris, the manufacturer offers the robot with a cleaning tool. For optimal cleaning, remember to clean the brushes after every 2 to 3 cleaning cycles. If you own a number of pets that shed lots of long hair, it’s important you clean the brushes after every cleaning cycle.
To clean the brushes, remove the Roomba’s brush guards and then remove the two brushes. Use the provided cleaning tool to cut hair away from the machine’s brushes. Remove any hair or fur from the brushes using the cleaning tool and if necessary, replace the brush bearings. After this, replace the brushes and finally the brush guard.
2. Cleaning the filters after each use
You should do the basic level of your iRobot Roomba after every cleaning cycle. The maintenance will help you clear out any grime that might have build up. To clean the Roomba, empty the dust bin. Before putting back the bin, remove the filters situated inside. Filters are important in catching dust and you have to replace them after every month or so – this depends on how you use your robot. But however, if you put on the junior MacGyver hat, you can delay the replacement.
An easier way of cleaning the filters involves tapping them on a trash can’s side to knock out all the debris. However, if you have some extra minutes, you can opt to use compressed air as it is more effective in blowing out all caught debris. For a deeper cleaning, you can use water to wash the filters. But according to the manufacturer, you should never put back the filters unless they are completely dry. Putting back wet filters can cause permanent damages to your Roomba.
3. Always store the Roomba on the Home Base or Plugged
Keeping your Roomba plugged or on its Home Base helps in maintaining its top notch performance and lengthens the life of the battery. Whenever you have connected the robot cleaner to power supply, it will automatically receive a trickle charge which helps in increasing the battery’s life. But also ensure that the Home Base LEDs are lit whenever the Roomba is on.
4. How to remove and clean Dirt Dog’s brushes
Each Sunday, or any other day you get a few extra minutes, you can conduct a midlevel maintenance. To do this, remove the Roomba’s brushes plus their bearings and then use one cleaning tool among the provided or a comb to pull out any fur or hair which might be slowing down your machine’s motor. Remember to remove debris from the robot’s bearings as well. The front wheel will also need some attention. Remove it from its housing and clean out all debris – removing it needs a little tug. Mostly, you will find lots of hair stuck there.
Each and every month, you can detox your robot cleaner with slightly more in depth cleaning. For this part, you will definitely need a screwdriver. Start by removing all screws which secures the robot’s spiral brush and clean out all the debris caught below. Proceed and set the brush and all its screws aside. Remove the four screws securing the cover (two on the machine’s battery door and two by its large wheels- marked with arrows). After removing them, you will be able to remove the cover. Immediately after this, you will realize that your Roomba has been housing debris on its inner parts. Use a dry dust cloth or compressed air to clean out the area. After cleaning, replace and tighten all the screws.
5. Four tips to improve your Roomba’s performance
Some of the tips that will help you improve the performance of your iRobot Roomba include:
(a) Change the robot cleaner’s filters after every 2-3 months
iRobot recommends changing of filters after every 2-3 months depending on the usage. By changing the filters you will be able to reduce pollens, dust and other allergens in your home in addition to maintaining the ideal performance. Distributors sell replacement filters in packs of 3 or in singles depending on the customer’s needs. iRobot also designs comprehensive replenishment kits for maintaining the robot cleaner’s performance. The replenishment kits contain 3 filters, cleaning tools and 1 of all the vacuum brush types. Larger kits contain six filters and three replacement brushes. Kits offer best value.
(b) Replace the side brushes
To maintain your iRobot in the best performance possible, you have to replace the side brushes. The brushes requires more often replacement than the larger brushes. Considering this fact, the manufacturer sells the brushes in packs of three. To keep the brushes in the best working condition for a long time, remember to use the provided cleaning tool.
(c) Purchase only the accessories compatible with your model
Whenever you are purchasing any iRobot supply, remember to buy one that is compatible with your model. iRobot sells many models but the accessories aren’t universal.
(d) Replace the battery after every 2-3 years
Most people wonder how long an iRobot Roomba battery should last. However, remember to replace the cleaner’s battery after every 2-3 years. If you are among the individuals who use their robots at least once per every week and keeps it on its charging station, you should expect it to last for 1-2 years.
The bottom line
With an iRobot Roomba, you will enjoy superior cleaning level and still value the luxury related to robotic floor cleaning. Proper robot cleaner maintenance is important and involves replacing some parts and cleaning it regularly.