Robot vacuum cleaners are gradually gaining popularity, especially in large apartments, where residents have no time to waste time on a quick cleaning. Buying a vacuum cleaner is only half the battle. In order for it to serve as long as possible and to clean the house with high quality, you need to avoid mistakes during operation. We will talk about the most common in this material.
Don’t read the technical manual
Our people are accustomed not to think, but to act. That is why, in the event of any difficulties, we turn to the instructions last. This becomes the source of various problems. A robot vacuum cleaner is only a relatively simple technique at first glance.
It is necessary to read the instructions for several reasons. First, to study the operating conditions – the owner himself usually becomes the cause of many breakdowns. Secondly, the manual describes the full functionality of the gadget. Many people have been using the robot for several years and have no idea that some useful functions are hidden in it. Sometimes users don’t even know what the indicators on the main panel mean. Take the time to spend 10-15 minutes of your time.
Choosing the wrong cleaning mode
In the case of a handheld vacuum cleaner, each user defines his own cleaning area, however, the robots rely solely on their sensors and a preset mode. If your robot vacuum cleaner does not offer the possibility of mapping, then it can perform cleaning along several types of routes: chaotic, spiral, along the perimeter.
For large rooms with a minimum number of obstacles, it is worth choosing the perimeter mode, and then switching to spiral cleaning. So the robot will cover the entire area of the room in the shortest possible time, without leaving uncleaned areas.
If the rooms have a lot of furniture with legs, vases and other obstacles, then you can set a chaotic mode. Each definition of an obstacle will be accompanied by a change in direction. In the presence of many obstacles, this mode is more effective than the spiral one. Also, chaotic movement is suitable for small rooms. In some models, you can combine the above modes.
If the dirt is local, for example, small debris is scattered only under the dining table, do not neglect the local cleaning function. The robot vacuum cleaner will quickly clean only a small area, usually 1.5 x 1.5 meters, and you do not have to run the cleaning mode throughout the apartment for a little dirt.Remove dense liquids with a robotic vacuum cleaner
Spilled ketchup or mayonnaise on the floor – you should not trust this work to an ordinary robot vacuum cleaner, even if it has a wet cleaning function. The problem is not that the device is incapable of handling. As shown by numerous tests, the technique perfectly removes fresh massive drops from almost any surface.
However, after this, the pile pad, roller and suction hole become heavily clogged. You will have to disassemble the structure and thoroughly clean the equipment. Otherwise, ketchup or mayonnaise will continue to spread throughout the apartment.
It will take no more than one minute to wipe mayonnaise or ketchup off the floor with a regular rag, and you will spend up to 30 minutes cleaning the insides of the vacuum cleaner.
This rule does not apply to polishing robots. They use a different wet cleaning principle, so there are usually no problems cleaning thick liquids.
Disregard for virtual walls
Users can restrict the movement of the robot by setting cleaning zones. This can be done both with the help of the application (if mapping is available), and with the help of special magnetic / laser strips. They serve as a barrier for the robot and allow you to limit specific areas or rooms.
Many owners do not use this useful feature at all, which creates a whole list of problems.
First, we recommend limiting children’s areas. Small toys like Lego parts will end up in the trash bin, so you’ll have to clean it out by hand. In the worst case, the robot loses its grip on the floor due to the toys and will not be able to move on.
Second, always fence off the area where your pets go to the toilet. The robot vacuum cleaner does not see the difference between scattered litter and pet feces, so your carelessness can lead to the most unpleasant consequences. Protect the feeding area in the same way so that the robot does not smear jelly or other liquids on the floor.
We also advise you to fence off the area where your socks or underwear are (if you leave them directly on the floor). Robot vacuum cleaners are not very friendly with small clothes and can just get stuck.
Third, bounding tapes can help prevent stair descents if your model does not support elevation differentiation.
Untimely cleaning of the dust container
One of the main disadvantages of most robotic vacuum cleaners is the small container for collecting waste, usually 0.3-0.5 liters. This is enough for an average of one and a half cleaning. A typical user error is to start up a robot vacuum cleaner with a container at least partially filled.
Robots have a small suction force, and when the container is clogged, this parameter drops even more. Cleaning the container usually takes no more than 15 minutes. Make it a rule to clean your Robot Vacuum as soon as you finish cleaning. This will allow you to turn on the device at any time and not worry that the container will clog right during cleaning.
Likewise, don’t forget about the built-in filters. They also have a certain resource. All information about the replacement frequency is usually indicated in the technical documentation or on the manufacturer’s website.
Do not perform maintenance on the structure
Cleaning the container is not the only responsibility of the user – it is also necessary to monitor the condition of the housing and moving parts.
The vacuum cleaner uses 6 to 15 sensors for navigation. Dust and debris can stick to them, causing the robot to become less able to navigate in space. This is especially the case for LDS sensors, which send out a laser beam to determine the distance to the target. Heavy pollution will also adversely affect the operation of the wide-angle ToF camera, which is used for terrain analysis in low light.
Also, be sure to check the rotating roller and wheels of the Robot Vacuum Cleaner. They usually have hair or other debris wrapped around them. In most models, the rotating brush and wheels are easy to disassemble, so users can service them themselves.
Incorrect docking station installation
As a rule, the battery of the robot vacuum cleaner is enough for one complete cleaning, taking into account that when purchasing, you correctly correlated the area of \ u200b \ u200bthe premises with the capacity of the battery. If you want the equipment to work completely autonomously, then you will also need a charging station. The robot will be able to automatically recharge and continue cleaning without user intervention.
It is very important to install the docking station correctly, otherwise the vacuum cleaner will have difficulty recharging. The base should be placed as close to the outlet as possible to eliminate unnecessary wires and extension cords. There must be at least 50 centimeters of free space on three sides, otherwise the robot will not be able to park due to obstacles.
Since the robot vacuum cleaner usually stands at the docking station outside of working hours, it is better to choose a place not on the aisle. Try to find a point in the geometric center of your apartment so that the most distant parts are evenly spaced from the base. However, remember that it is not recommended to place the charging station in a bathroom, toilet or other rooms with high humidity.
Don’t use the mobile app
If you buy a robotic vacuum cleaner from a medium or high price category, then you probably get the opportunity to control equipment from a smartphone. Most users neglect to install the application and have a lot to lose.
The proprietary software offers many useful functions that will even help you remotely control the device:
detailed statistics of cleanings with an indication of the time of work and the cleared area;
monitoring the condition of filters and brushes;
viewing a map of the room with the route of the robot vacuum cleaner;
indication of restricted areas;
sending notifications to a smartphone if the robot is stuck;
full remote control and more.