How to maintain a robot vacuum?

How to Maintain a Robot Vacuum?

How to maintain a robot vacuum? a complete guide

Ahhh, robot vacuum cleaners. These appliances save us precious time cleaning the house and being discreet and efficient.

Now you may be wondering how to maintain them, too!

This article explains the essential points to maintaining your robot vacuum cleaner properly and taking advantage of its potential.

How to maintain a robot vacuum?
maintain your robot vacuum cleaner

Why maintain your robot vacuum cleaner?

Regular cleaning of your robot vacuum cleaner will impact its cleaning efficiency and its long-term lifespan.

For a vacuum cleaner to continue to perform well in the years following your purchase, it is essential to keep it clean!

We recommend that you change the brushes and filters of most robot vacuum cleaners at least once a year.

The different areas of the robot vacuum cleaner to be cleaned

There are several elements to clean in this type of robot; here they are:

  • the side brush(es) (the number changes according to the models/brands);
  • the central brush (if the robot has one);
  • the suction nozzle (if the robot does not have a significant brush);
  • the HEPA filter;
  • the dust bin;
  • the robot shell;
  • mop pads (if your robot is a vacuum and mop);
  • the water tank (if your robot is a vacuum and mop).

As each robot differs according to models and manufacturers, we recommend you always refer to your user manual for maintenance.

Cleaning the side brushes

Some robots are equipped with only one side brush, while others will have two.

Ultimately, the cleaning process will remain the same.

First, start by removing the brush (unclip it or unscrew it, depending on the model), then clean the shaft while taking care to remove debris, hair knots, etc., who would be stuck around.

Then, we put the brush back in its place!

Small tip for nylon brushes: If your nylon brush’s bristles are deformed, immerse them for a few moments in a container of hot water, making them return to their standard shape. Then, wait until they are dehydrated before replacing the brush under the robot.

Small tip for nylon brushes

Cleaning the central brush

The central rotating brush plays a significant role in the suction performance of the robot: it is generally the one that collects the most important dust and debris!

If it is clogged, its performance may decrease, so take the time to clean it well, in the same way as the side brushes.

All you have to do is unclip it gently and clean its axes first.

Once the brush is removed, remove all accumulations of debris (pet hair, hair etc.).

On some robot types, the central brush is either nylon or rubber or both.

The main rubber brush is more effective in getting rid of hair and hair because it limits their tangling.

On the contrary, the nylon one can lose its original shape more easily and encourage tangling.

Suction nozzle maintenance

If your robot does not have a central brush, the dirt will be sucked up by the suction nozzle.

A well-cleaned nozzle offers much better suction power, fast and efficient!

You will have to make sure that nothing is blocking this nozzle, in which case you will have to remove any blocking debris (hair, hair, dust) and pass a small cotton swab to make sure that nothing is stuck.

Cleaning the HEPA filter

Located in the dust container, the high-efficiency HEPA filter traps particles, dander and allergens in the air.

These can be harmful and toxic to anyone with asthma, so this filter plays a key role in maintaining a healthy home and clean air.

On the market, there are 2 types of HEPA filters :

  • Paper (disposable): remove it from the dust container and tap it lightly so that the particles fall out. You can also suck it gently;
  • In fabric (washable with water): preferably wash it with hot or cold water. Make sure it is completely dry before putting it back in the bin.

We advise you to change your HEPA filter at least once a year to maintain high sanitation performance.

If it is not well maintained or changed enough, particles can be less well captured, the filter can saturate or even tear, and the robot’s motor can overheat and wear out prematurely.

Nothing beats regular maintenance for your health and that of your robot vacuum cleaner!

Maintenance of the dust bin

Have you opted for extra comfort by choosing a robot vacuum cleaner with an automatic emptying station?

In this model, the robot’s charging station is equipped with an intelligent system, which automatically empties the dust container when the robot returns to its base.

It saves you from doing the manipulation yourself, although the charging station itself has to be emptied, but only after a few months!

On other models of more traditional robot vacuum cleaners, you have to remove the dust container and its filter, empty the waste into the trash can, and put it back in its original place.

To push the maintenance even further, you can also rinse it with warm water and soap to remove the film of dust remaining on the walls.

Maintenance of the dust bin

Dusting the exterior of the robot vacuum cleaner

This type of equipment quickly collects dust, and it shows!

When the robot does not move and stays at its charging station, it is more prone to collecting dust.

Therefore, we advise you to regularly wipe the exterior with a dry microfiber cloth and the camera/sensors (if any).

To go further: cleaning the washing pads and the water tank.

On the models of robot vacuum cleaners (those that vacuum and clean the floor), we must not forget the maintenance of the cleaning pads and the water tank!

Pads for the passage of the mop

To wash the pads (or wipes), remove them from their location and put them in the washing machine with a bit of soap.

Washing them by hand works too!

Avoid putting them in the dryer, so they don’t shrink, and ideally, change them once or twice a year.

Pads for the passage of the mop

Water reservoir

For the water tray, you can pour warm or hot water into it to dissolve any particles of detergent that may have dried in the tray.

Also, to promote the tank’s longevity, we strongly advise against using bleach and essential oils.

Prefer a detergent for classic hard floors instead; your robot’s performance will always be impeccable, use after use.

Maintaining your robot vacuum cleaner: what to remember.

Properly cleaning your robot vacuum is the guarantee of household appliances that last over time and always offer you the same cleaning efficiency.

Do not forget to change the filters and brushes at least once a year and check the user manual’s prerequisites: each model is different!

The equipment to clean your robot vacuum cleaner is widely available:

  • damp or dry cloth (microfiber or not);
  • clearwater (warm or cold);
  • a little soap.

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