You may have acquired your first robotic vacuum cleaner or you might be considering getting one. Either way, understanding how to use your vacuum cleaner and dispelling common myths is critical to ensuring you are not disappointed.
To make sure your robotic vacuum does not get stuck, you need to do some preliminary pick-up. That does not mean that you need to do much. There are a few things that can damage your vac if you are not keen. I will give a guide on how to prepare your home to clean using a robotic vac and then we’ll get into a few things you can do to give your vac more life.
Guide to Cleaning Using A Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
Your robotic vacuum cleaner is supposed to give you a completely hands-off cleaning experience. That will not happen if it gets stuck or gets entangled. The good news is that these few simple steps can help you get the most out of your robotic vacuum cleaner.
- Organize Your Cords
If you have electronics, you probably have a bunch of cords somewhere. Since most of us do have cords in our homes, the best practice for your vac’s sake is to organize them and secure them. You can buy organizers online or at your local store to help secure them in place and keep them off your floor.
Remember, robotic vacuum cleaners are small enough to slide beneath your furniture so hiding them behind furniture is not an option. Organized cords look aesthetically pleasing so it’s a win-win for you.
- Pick Up Objects Off the Floor
You might be thinking, wow, you need to clean to get started cleaning? The truth is that this is a simple step that could cost you your vacuum cleaner if ignored. Your vac has brushes and sucks up dirt and debris. That means that sometimes large hard objects can lead to mechanical damage.
Ensure to pick up metallic objects like nails and bolts prior to getting started. Hard plastics like Legos can also be a problem to your vacuum’s cleaning system. Do not forget to pick up clothes and shoes because they could be an obstacle that causes your vacuum cleaner to get stuck and we don’t want that to happen.
- Tape Thicker Rugs to The Floor
Floor rugs are beautiful for many reasons. They add style and flair to our homes and they are soft and warm beneath the feet. Most of us have floor rugs in our homes. The problem with this is that some brands or robot vacs sometimes get stuck on thick rugs. As they roll over the floor onto the carpet, sometimes the edge gets stuck beneath the vac on the brushes creating an obstacle.
Taping your rugs on the floor using a double-sided tape can save you a lot of wasted time. Some carpets are not an obstacle but to be on the safe side, tape down your carpets to prevent them rolling and prevent your robotic vacuum cleaner from doing its job.
- Keep Your Vac Away from Water
Electronics and water do not go together. That one is a no-brainer. It is however vital to add that to this list because it could save you a lot of money. A lot of us have pets at home and robotic vacs are great for keeping all the pet hair handled. The issue however is that our pets have water bowls.
To keep your vac away from it, you could create some no-go zones on your mobile pp. If your vac does not come with this option, always remember to keep your pets water bowls and anything that may wet your vac away from the floor during vacuuming.
Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Maintenance
Now that you know what to do to get started, it is imperative to practice some good maintenance habits to max out on the life of your robot. Neglecting your vac will lead to less efficient cleaning as well as a shorter life span. Here are some simple tips to get you started.
Clean Out Your Filters
Your robotic vacuum cleaners’ filters are imperative to its cleaning mechanism. The dust and allergens that lead to sneezing are kept off your surfaces thanks to filters. Your filters take a beating when your vac is at work and that is exactly why you need to pay attention to them
Clean your filters often and change them out for new ones if they are too worn out. Always remember to let your filters dry out for at least 24 hours before putting them back in to prevent moisture from building up in your vac.
Empty Your Dust Bag Before It’s Too Full
The dust bag is where all the dirt sucked up from your floors is stored. If your dirt bag is too full, your vacuum cleaner will not work at its maximum capacity. This is another important factor to consider as far as maintenance goes.
Some robot vacs have the mechanism to self-clean but that does not mean that you don’t need to take out the trash. Clean out the dirt storage bin as well before it is out of capacity. A trick we learnt based on observation is to clean out the dirt once you get to half full. Majority of robotic vacs don’t clean efficiently If the dirt bag is anywhere past half full.
Clean Your Brushes
Brushes play a vital role in the way your robotic vacuum cleaner works. They loosen up debris making it easier to be sucked up and they also pick up hair from your surfaces. The problem is that with time, a lot of hair and threads can get stuck on your brushes.
Carefully cut them out and clean out your brushes to get the most out of your vac. Some vacuum cleaners come with detachable brushes. This is great because you can remove them and wash them. You can also have the option of changing them out for stronger bristles incase they get too worn out.
Visit A Professional
The final thing you need to do is to take your vac to a pro every few years. While the above tips will keep your vacuum working well for a number of years, you will not know if some mechanical aspect in its interior starts to dysfunction.
Visiting a professional will help you keep your vacuum cleaner in good shape for a longer time and save you a lot of vacuuming time while at it. Just like people need to go for medical checkups, vacuum cleaners need their servicing.
Now that you know how to maintain your robotic vac and how to prepare your home for its use, you are well on your way to getting the maximum benefits out of your vac. These simple steps go a long way in improving their efficiency as well as their lifespan.