Maintenance and Cleaning Tips for a Robot Vacuum Cleaner


Since robot vacuums are supposed to be used without human intervention, routine maintenance can be neglected. However, frequent maintenance is needed to maximize the life of your trustworthy smart vacuum cleaner. Dirt, dust, and other debris can build up in the machine’s crevices and reduce suction. But fear not! If you have the right gear and experience, your robot vacuum cleaner can last for years. This article details how to clean and upkeep your robot vacuum for optimal performance.

Steps in Cleaning a Robot Vacuum Cleaner

  1. Get what you need.

Gather your robot vacuum cleaning tools first. A trash can, dust-free microfiber cloth (to avoid micro-scratches, especially on sensors), soft-bristled brush, scissors, and a vacuum with a crevice tool attachment are needed. Some of these steps require warm water and mild soap.

  1. Turn off the vacuum cleaner.

Turn off the electricity before cleaning to avoid harming your robot vacuum or injuring yourself. You may turn off your robot vacuum by unplugging it from its charging dock and hitting its power button or using the app. Unplugging the robot vacuum is a precaution because the charging dock may still be attached.

  1. Wipe the charging station.

Carefully wipe the charging base with a dry microfiber cloth. The base station of some robot vacuums lets you empty the dust bin, dirty water tank, and clean water tank. Return the components to the station and wipe them down with the cloth after emptying, cleaning, and drying. This ensures that the charging sensors will not be blocked by any debris.

  1. Clean the vacuum’s exterior.

Now you can clean your vacuum’s exterior. A damp microfiber cloth should be used to wipe the vacuum’s exterior without getting water inside. Avoid harsh and abrasive cleaners (even cotton towels can leave microscopic scrapes) to prevent premature aging and dirt buildup.

  1. Remove the waste from the dustbin.

Put the vacuum’s waste in the bin. Microfiber cloths or soft bristles brushes may remove rubbish from trash cans. To remove stubborn stains and filth, wash the trash can with soap and water and let it dry before repositioning. Without regular dust bin emptying and cleaning, the vacuum’s suction power will decrease, and the engine may be damaged.

  1. Clean the vacuum

    cleaner’s side brushes and brush roll.

Before cleaning your robot vacuum, remove the brush roll cover and roll. The robot vacuum may need to be inverted to remove the brush roll cover. Remove dust, hair, and other debris from the brush roll and unit intake with a cloth, scissors, or crevice tool. Don’t break the brush roll or bristles. Most current vacuums have two side brushes. Separate the bristles, wash them, and rejoin them after drying. Reinstall the brush roll and cover last.

  1. Clean the mop pads.

If your smart vacuum cleaner has a function for mopping, you should clean the pads. If disposable, replace them. Before reusing, wash mop pads in warm water with a mild detergent. The pads may need to soak in soapy water for a few minutes before rinsing. Dry them before reconnecting them to the vacuum.

  1. Wipe the filter.

Robot vacuum filters need regular cleaning. Filter cleaning can be done once or twice a week to improve airflow. Remove the filter and tap it in a wastebasket to remove dust. Another alternative is to gently brush dust into a wastebasket. You should only clean robot vacuum filters with water if the instruction says so.

To maintain air clean and allergy-free, change the filter every six months to a year.


Maintaining a robot vacuum is important to ensure that its life will last longer than expected. Thus, by following this step-by-step guide that we have prepared, you will be certain that your robot vacuum at home will function well for a longer time.