While owning a robot vacuum is a fantastically easy way to keep the floors in your home clean, over time, they do need a little help to stay in good shape.
Because robot vacuums can become tripped up on things like everyday household litter, or lose their way back to the charging dock, they do need a little more human interaction than you might expect.
Here are a few simple tips and tricks to enable your robot vacuum to do the best job it can.
Clear Away Cords and Curtains
You’ll want to make sure that the path is clear for your robot vacuum or it won’t be able to do its job properly. Just walk around your home and clear away any obstacles that might stand in the robot vacuum’s way.
This includes small objects that could accidentally get sucked up inside of the robot vacuum, causing it to break down.
Ironically, instead of just removing barriers, you can also build and create barriers so that your robot vacuum will go only where you want it to go.
Some vacuums make this very easy, so instead of creating a physical barrier, you can just use the robot vacuum’s app to map out your home and tell your robot vacuum precisely where it is allowed to go, and where it isn’t.
Set Up a Schedule
Another handy feature of many modern robot vacuums is that they will allow you to set a cleaning schedule. That way, even if you aren’t at home, your robot vacuum can still make sure your floors are clean by the time you do come home. How nice is that?
Even better, that means you won’t have to worry about tripping over the robot vacuum, or disturb you in any way.
Clean Out Your Vacuum
It is very important that you keep your robot vacuum clean and free of clutter. It’s easy to forget about this step if you mostly schedule it to run while you’re away, but you should make it part of your own cleaning schedule to ensure that you do this on a regular basis.
Cleaning your robot vacuum includes cleaning dust and debris from the filter, emptying the dustbin and also cutting away any hair or strings that might have become tangled on the brushes.
Not only that, but you’ll also want to swap out your robot vacuum’s filter for a fresh one at least every six months to a year. Most robot vacuums come with an extra filter in the box, or you can purchase new ones online.