Sunday, December 17

How to Clean a Roomba Vacuum

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As technology continues to march on, new types of innovations are created. And the Roomba (a robot vacuum) is one of them. Over time, the Roomba has become ever more popular with buyers. While the Roomba is very effective at cleaning your room, there is one minor drawback. You have to clean it.

How Long?

Fortunately, it does not take very long to clean your Roomba once you become accustomed to the task. Depending on how thorough your cleaning is, expect it to take between ten and twenty minutes or so. As for how often you should clean your Roomba, try to do it after each cleaning cycle. Especially, if you have lots of pet hair or long human hair lying about.

The Top cover

The top cover of the Roomba is probably fairly clean; however, some individuals may want to dust it off from time to time. It does become rather dusty after a while. Just use a dry paper towel or rag to wipe it off. No need to use any liquids. You may also want to wipe off any dust that may have accumulated on the eye or top sensor. It is located at the front part of your Roomba and sticks up a bit.

Flip it Over

Okay, so the front cover (easy part) is complete. Now you need to turn your Roomba over and start cleaning the bottom. First, when you flip it over, be sure to place the Roomba on something soft so you do not damage that top sensor. Now you should simply repeat what you did with the front cover, and wipe off the dust that has accumulated on the back side of your vacuum. You will notice that there is more dust on the back, then on the top.

Make sure you wipe off the other little sensors that are toward the front of the Roomba as well. They are basically just more eyes that warn the Roomba to slow down some when it is about to come into contact with something. These eyes may also warn the Roomba about impending drops, which is important if you want your robot vacuum to remain in one piece.

The Side Brush

That spinning side brush needs to be removed too, so you can ensure that no hair is stuck inside of it. If you do not remove this hair, then it may eventually damage the side brush. At the very least, even a minor clog will cause your Roomba to expend more energy to making that brush turn. So it is to your benefit to keep the side brush free of hair. To detach the side brush you will need a small Phillips screwdriver to remove the screw that holds the side brush in place. Once that is done, the side brush will just pop right off. However, if there is a large amount of hair or other debris stuck inside the side brush then you may have to use more force to pry it loose. A simple paper clip may do the trick.

Now putting the side brush back in place may confuse some people. If you do not do it the correct way, the side brush will fall off when the Roomba is cleaning your room. It is easy to tell whether or not you have placed the side brush in correctly. If you can pull the side brush off with a simple tug, then it is not on properly. When placing the side brush on, you should feel some resistance. But if you do it just right, then you should hear a firm snap as the side brush connects. When properly put in place, you do not even need to bother using the tiny screw. The side brush is not going to fall out if you positioned it correctly.

A Front Wheel

That solitary front wheel actually takes a lot of abuse, and hair can also become clogged in it as well. Fortunately, it is very easy to remove this wheel. You simply gently tug it loose, and the wheel pops right out. You then will need to push the little wheel out of its component in order to remove any hair that may have become stuck inside of it. Once done, just snap the little wheel back into its component part and push it back in the Roomba body.

Main Brushes

It is very important to clean the main brushes. To do this you gently open the tray that is holding the brushes in place, and then remove them both. One is just some type of solid rubber brush, which can simply be wiped clean with a rag. Some people squirt a tiny amount of cleaning liquid on the rag, but you do not have to do this unless you want to. The other brush has bristles; thus, it is the one that becomes entangled with hair and other types of debris. Your Roomba may have come with a little cleaning device for this brush, but you can also just pick it clean with your hands if you want.

Each brush also comes with a little removable yellow cap on the end; you should remove these caps and check for debris. The bristle brush usually will have a bit of hair (sometimes a lot) jammed in this little cap. It is imperative that you remove the hair because just like the side brush, eventually the debris could do some damage. Once you are done, put the yellow caps back into place and the brushes as well. Close the container that holds the brushes, and you are ready to move on to the next step.

Cleaning the Dust Tray

The dust tray is easy to clean. You simply push down on the button that is on the top cover of the Roomba, and pull the tray loose. After this, dump the debris that is in the tray into a trash can. Then you can go the extra mile and clean the thin coating of dust that has accumulated inside and around the dust tray. Or not, it is your call.

There is the small matter of the air filter, though. The air filter compartment is part of the dust tray, and it is located right above it. The filter part will simply slide out partially if you pull on its little tab. You will then need to pop the air filter out of its little compartment, and clean it off. Usually, you can just remove the large clump of dirt that is stuck on the filter with your fingers, and then wash off the rest. You may reuse the filter (let it dry first) for many cleanings to come. Eventually, you may want to replace your air filter. You can find three filters for around ten to fifteen dollars online.

Cleaning your Roomba is important to maintaining its ability to clean your room for you. If you diverge from your cleaning duties, then your Roomba may not function at its peak performance. Worse, it may not last very long, and then you will have to buy another one. Or you can just go back to using a traditional vacuum.


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