How can you expect to have a sparkling clean house if your cleaning appliances are dirty? Well, your cleaning supplies also need to be cleaned regularly. When they need to be used to do chores and sanitize things, cleaning keeps them in the best shape. By using specific cleaning methods and replacing some out-of-work parts, your cleaning appliances can be clean when they are supposed to.
Cleaning a Roomba is not an easy task. Normally, it takes you hours to complete. This includes many complicated pieces of steps and so many notes which must remember. However, if you follow my instructions carefully, I assure that you will have a Roomba perfectly cleaned.
So, how to clean a Roomba? Let’s get started!
Note: Before we get started, please make sure that your Roomba is 800/900 series. Otherwise, your Roomba will not fully apply to our instructions.
Regular Robot Care
If you notice Roomba works less effectively, then pay attention to the bin, the filter and the extractors. By cleaning or replacing these parts, the Roomba will be kept running at peak performance. Follow care procedures below:
2 months each
Every week (twice with pets in homes)
The Full Bin Sensors
2 weeks each
The Front Caster Wheel
12 months each
2 weeks each
The Side BrushThe Charging Contacts
6-12 months each
4 months each ( less with pets in homes)
How to do
Emptying the Bin
Out-and-out, the first step is always the first thing ‘must-do’. Sometimes, you realize your Roomba drags debris around the house instead of cleaning it. Reason why? Don’t blame it for your robot vacuum breaking down, the problem is that the dust bin is full. Unfortunately, the Roomba bin is too small to contain debris from room to room. Therefore, even it is not for cleaning the Roomba, remember to empty the bin regularly.
1. Press and pull the release button to remove the pin
2. Open pin door and empty it into the pit
Cleaning the Filter
After cleaning the dust bin, remove the Filter located inside the bin. The Filter is very essential for catching dirt and it should be replaced every month depending on your vacuuming frequency.
1. Press then lift the filter door release tab to access the filter
2. You will see a yellow tab on the filter, grasp and pull it out to remove the filter
3. Tap the filter on the side of a trashcan to get rid of any debris. If more carefully, you can use a compressed air tank to blow out all debris.
Note: For deeper cleaning, you can use water to re-wash the filter. But, you have been warned: not until the filter completely dry, never put it back into the Roomba because it can seriously damage your robot vacuum.
4. After the filter is clean and nice, reinsert it into the pin.
Cleaning the Full Bin Sensors
1. Make sure that you remove and empty the bin before cleaning the Full Bin Sensors
2. Use a dry soft cloth to wipe both outsides and inside the Full Bin Sensors until it’s free of any dust
Cleaning the Front Caster Wheel
This is an important step but sometimes you may overlook it. Front caster wheels covered with hair and waste may harm the floor. So, pay attention and follow these steps:
1. Under the Roomba, you can see a white front wheel, firmly pull it out of the Roomba.
2. Spin the swivel to remove the Front Caster Wheel from the housings.
3. Use Samantha Spray (recommended) to spray onto a cloth.
4. Use this cloth to gently wipe the Front Caster Wheel, remove any dust located in the wheel cavity
5. There is a small axle inside the wheel. Push on one side of the axle to remove it and continue to clean any hair and debris off the axle.
6. After finished, reinsert the axle into the wheel and reinsert the wheel into the Roomba. Make sure all parts back into the original place.
Cleaning the Side Brush
This is a step of an in-depth cleaning, detox your Roomba once a month if you can.
1. Begin by using a screwdriver to remove the screw which kept the spiral brush.
2. Take out the spiral brush. When it comes off, all you need to do is to check there is no dust on the faceplate of the Roomba. Use a cloth gently clean the brush post and the brush itself.
3. Reinstall after completion.
Cleaning the Sensors
A robot’s array of sensors can be confused by dirt and debris. A Roomba is equipped with navigation hardware or lidar which helps it automatically see the surroundings.
Use a dry and clean microfiber cloth or a magic eraser to give the sensors a wipe. There are three sensors needed to be cleaned: cliff sensor (on the bottom), laser turrets and optical sensor lenses (on the top).
Note: Unlike the Wheel, remember not to spray any chemical solution directly onto the sensor openings.
Cleaning the Charging Contacts
Have you ever troubled when your Roomba fail to charge? Well, it could be dirty electrical contacts. Cleaning these metal surfaces of the dock and the robot to avoid this situation.
Continue to wipe slightly the charging contacts on the Home Base by a microfiber cloth or a damp magic eraser to get the best result.
Cleaning the Extractors
1. Pinch the two yellow extractor frame release tabs near the dustbin, lift the frame to access two debris extractors.
2. Take out the extractors from the Roomba, then pull the yellow extractor caps out. Pick up any debris or hair wrapped around the metal axles and underneath the caps.
3. Reinstall once finished. The color and shape of the extractor icons and pegs have to be matched on the cleaning head module.
Like most of you, I count a good Roomba vacuum as one of my most favorite inventions of the past half-century. Day by day, self-emptying dust bins and smart maps have made Robots more ubiquitous than ever before. Also, innovations make it much more difficult to care for them. To our knowledge, we have shown the easiest and simplest cleaning process and provided you the Roomba cleaning guides. Follow our guides and clean your robot vacuum regularly, this will help to maintain your robot and prolong battery life.
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