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First aid for robot vacuums

A robot vacuum cleans your floor for you, but sometimes needs some support. In this article, we'll discuss common problems with robot vacuums and explain what you can do yourself to solve them. That way, you'll enjoy your help in the household for longer.

Make space robot-friendly

Replacing side brushes and center brushes robots

A robot vacuum does a lot of work for you, but you first have to prepare the room. Loose cables, rubber bands, bobby pins, toys, or other trash can make the robot vacuum's life a lot harder. It will get stuck, get caught, or completely blocked. Always ensure that the floor is free of obstacles. Put the chairs on the table and fold the tassels of the carpet under the carpet.

Clean the sensors and lasers

Robot vacuum sensors dirty

Depending on how advanced your robot vacuum is, it will have various sensors to help it find its way in the house. Cliff sensors prevent the robot from falling down the stairs, distance sensors ensure that the robot won't bump into anything, and collision sensors will slow the robot down when it's headed for a collision. If the robot is suddenly doing things it doesn't normally do, the sensors or lasers are probably dirty. It's easy to clean them, which will solve many of these problems.

Place the charging station

Robot can't find base station

When the robot vacuum can't find the charging station, it won't charge automatically and the battery will run out. The most common reason for this is that the base station doesn't have enough space. The robot's manual will tell you how much space should be free around the base station.In some cases, the robot didn't start from the base station, so it can easily find its way back.

And then there was light

Robot vacuum in the dark

Just like us, the robot vacuum needs light to clean properly. The sensors work less well in poor light. If you want to turn on the robot vacuum at night, don't forget to leave a light on. Because of the light, it won't bump into obstacles, fall down the stairs, or skip cleaning.

Cabinets and thresholds

Robot vacuum stuck under cupboard

Cabinets and thresholds can be a challenge for the robot vacuum. If there isn't enough light, the robot vacuum can't see the cabinet and will bump into it. Depending on the height of the robot vacuum, it can get stuck under furniture. Thresholds that are too high are an obstacle and will cause the robot to reverse. If you don't want the robot vacuum to get under the cupboard at all, place a magnet strip or a virtual tower.

The battery runs out faster and faster

Robot vacuum battery running out

That's right. All robot vacuums have rechargeable batteries. As time goes on, their quality decreases, just like it does in a mobile phone, for example. Do you care about preserving the battery for as long as possible? Choose a robot vacuum with a Li-ion battery. These batteries are of the highest quality and last the longest.

The suction power is decreasing

Robot vacuum suction power decreasing

Robot vacuums have a relatively small dust collector compared to regular vacuums. Emptying the dust cup after each time you vacuum is recommended. The robot will then have space again to collect as much dust as possible the next time you use it. If the robot needs to vacuum more than 100 square meters in your house, take a careful look at its collection capacity. The larger the dust cup, the longer the robot vacuum will be able to keep vacuuming.

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