To keep your iRobot Roomba running at peak performance, you have to follow some tips. 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 will put strain on the machine’s battery and motor.
Maintaining your iRobot Roomba
Roomba vacuums are fantastic tools to help you maintain the cleanliness of your home. Proper maintenance and the occasional 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 robot often comes with a cleaning tool specifically for the brushes. For optimal performance, remember to clean the brushes after every 2 to 3 cleaning cycles. If you own a number of pets that shed lots of 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 and pull it out of the bristles. After this, replace the brushes and the brush guard.
2. Cleaning the filters after each use
You should do a little basic maintenance of your iRobot Roomba after every cleaning cycle. This will help you clear out all the dirt before it has the chance to build up. Empty the Roomba’s dust bin, just like you would with a bagless vacuum cleaner. Before putting back the bin, remove the filters from inside. Filters are important for catching dust and should be replaced every few months – depending on how you use your robot.
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 debris lodged around tighter spaces. For a deeper cleaning, you can use water to wash the filters. 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 a 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 bit of midlevel maintenance. To do this, remove the Roomba’s brushes, plus their bearings, and then use one cleaning tool from those 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. It may take a little tug to remove it completely. Mostly, you will find lots of hair stuck there from where the robot has been driving around the floor.
Every month, you can detox your robot cleaner with slightly more in-depth cleaning. For this part, you will need a screwdriver. Start by removing all screws which secure the robot’s spiral brushes and clean out all the debris caught below. Then, set the brush and all the 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. You’ll immediately notice all the gunk that’s been stuck inside your Roomba this whole time! Use a dry dust cloth or compressed air to clean it out. After cleaning, replace and tighten all the screws.
Improving your Roomba’s performance
Some of these tips should help you improve the performance of your iRobot Roomba:
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 pollen, dust, and other allergens in your home and maintain the ideal cleaning performance.
Distributors sell replacement filters in packs of 3 or in singles, depending on what you need. iRobot also designs comprehensive replenishment kits for maintaining the robot cleaner. The replenishment kits contain 3 filters, cleaning tools, and 1 of each of the vacuum brush types. Larger kits contain six filters and three replacement brushes. Kits usually offer the best value.
Replace the side brushes
To maintain your iRobot and keep it working well, you have to replace the side brushes. The side brushes require more frequent 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.
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.
Replace the battery after every 2-3 years
Most people wonder how long an iRobot Roomba battery should last, and that’s a fair question. Just 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 week and keep it on its charging station, you should expect it to last for 1-2 years. If the battery starts failing, you should replace it sooner.
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.