Robot Vacuum Maintenance
Robot vacuums make cleaning your home easier and save you both time and energy. If you don’t already own one, they’re a brilliant addition to your home cleaning as they automate your vacuuming, giving you more time to do other things. While they still require some maintenance, this takes up much less time than it would with a standard vacuum. So, in this article, we’re going to cover a few top maintenance tips which guarantee to extend the life of your robot vacuum.
Looking after your robot vacuum and extending its life doesn’t have to be a long and complicated process. While you should, of course, be emptying it regularly and replacing the filters if necessary, there are some other important things to consider. The following list details the top methods you can do to help get more time and use out of your robot vacuum.
It might sound contradictory, but using your robot vacuum frequently is one of the best ways to extend its life. If you leave your vacuum sitting for too long without being used, the mechanical parts inside may not work efficiently the next time you use it, or the battery may stop working at its optimum efficiency (but we’ll talk more about that in a moment). To avoid these problems, use your robot vacuum regularly, as often as you need it or at least once per week. This will keep the parts working smoothly no matter when you next need to tidy.
Just like regular vacuums, the floor brushes underneath your vacuum are one of the first things to be affected by wear and tear. Long hairs, threads, and dust are just some of the many bits of dirt and debris which get caught and can eventually block the floor brushes. If you’ve noticed your robot vacuum hasn’t cleaned to the same standard as it usually does, you might need to clean the brushes. You should do this roughly every month, possibly more if you have pets that shed hair regularly or any other reason which might cause your vacuum brushes to become tangled.
As robot vacuums depend on a wireless, rechargeable battery, its power source presents another potentially limiting factor of its life span. If you don’t often charge your robot vacuum fully or let it run out of battery then you may run the risk of compromising the battery’s efficiency over time. Whenever you charge the battery, allow it to charge fully before unplugging the device. You should also occasionally let the vacuum run until the battery completely runs out. By doing both of these things, you can expect to improve your vacuum’s lifespan as the battery is used more optimally and should keep it running smoothly for longer.
You’ll know a battery has been overworked or used improperly if it no longer holds its charge for as long as it should (check the manufacturer’s guidelines). If you think the battery has been damaged or has completely died, you can always replace the battery with a new one from the manufacturer or a certified supplier. This leads us nicely to our next item on the list.
Use Authentic Accessories Only
Over time, your device might require some replacements or accessories to keep it working smoothly. This could be replacing a dead battery, ruined floor brushes, damaged sensors, or an overused filter. No matter what part needs replacing, you should only buy an authentic replacement or accessory from the manufacturer or a certified supplier. Using batteries, chargers, or brushes which aren’t designed for your specific device could either simply not work or damage the device further. But don’t be put off, finding a replacement part is not only cheaper than buying a completely new item, but it’s also better for the environment as it reduces waste. So, if you ever need a replacement, you now know what to look out for.
This last tip goes without saying, but it’s important to mention that cleaning your robot vacuum regularly is possibly the best thing you can do to extend its life. Cleaning your device shouldn’t take longer than 5-10 minutes. Simply clean the brushes, ensuring it’s clear from obstructions, and wipe down its surfaces and sensors to remove stains or other debris that might build up over time.
How Many Years Do Robot Vacuums Last?
The expected lifespan of robot vacuums varies greatly depending on the model. Due to varying qualities of construction and programming, each vacuum will have a unique lifespan. A high-quality device with the latest technology and robust construction could last up to 6 years or even longer if it’s looked after properly. So, if you want long-term use from your device, it’s best to invest in a high-quality robot vacuum and follow the previous tips to maintain it and, in turn, extend its life.