by Roy Emmerson
Updated March 1st, 2019
Typically the iRobot Roomba will be in the main room of the house.
This is the one place that needs to be vacuumed the most frequently.
In our home this is the living room, as it is the place where we eat dinner, the cats scratch their fur and where we spend most of our time.
There are some simple tips to making your room Irobot Roomba friendly.
They all into the following categories:
1. Remove clutter
The iRobot Roomba will try and clean everywhere and typically bumps into things to achieve that goal.
The more things on the floor the harder it is for the little guy. If you’re like us you will have items on the floor that you have meant to tidy away.
Now’s your opportunity. As seen in the video go around the home and tidy up the floor items.
2. Re-position permanent floor items
This stage is making slight adjustments to permanent furniture that will be on the floor.
It might be moving the furniture just an inch, but it can make all the difference to the iRobot Roomba.
3. Tidy up the Wires
Unfortunately in this modern age wires are everywhere, the surround sound cables, the wires for the TV, lamp cables, etc.
Although iRobot Roomba doesn’t mind cables, it prefers it if they don’t get in the way so tidy up the cable.
There are typically two ways of doing this, a wire shroud that collects all the cables into one big one or cable pins that lift the cable off the floor.
If you have a bunch of cables, I suggest using the Cable shroud and then lift it off the floor. if you have individual wires, lift them off the ground with telephone cable pins.
The last thing to use for loose cable is to use the cable tie. Pull the cord taught so that the iRobot Roomba doesn’t get tangled up.
Following the above advice will give the Roomba all the room to vacuum your home, and you won’t come home to it being tangled up.
Types of robots
Domestic robots no longer exist only in the minds of science fiction authors.
Domestic robots, or robots used for household chores, are becoming increasingly common and famous, with several leading vacuum manufacturers developing their unique models.
New models of robot vacuum cleaners are continually hitting the market. And the promise of more models in the future is a sure sign that the nascent commercial robot industry is finally taking flight.
In terms of domestic robots, there are three distinct classes and categories:
The highest level of a domestic robot. Folks use these robots for a range of household chores.
These robots are autonomous and need a WiFi home network to function and connect with a mobile device.
2. Entertainment Robots
These can be used at home, but are usually reserved for entertainment and social interaction purposes.
3. Care and Chore Robots
These machines work best for doing basic household chores, including vacuuming.
Robotic vacuums fall into this latter category. And many consumers choose these in an attempt to lessen the burden of household vacuuming and perhaps even liberate them from this unpleasant daily chore.
According to this article, the most popular robotic vacuum models are usually compact, pizza-shaped appliances with suckers that move around a room until they cover an entire area.
They can vary significantly in price. It can range as low a few hundred dollars for some of the most basic models to well over five hundred dollars to some of the of most advanced units.
And deciding on what features are the most important to you will be crucial in determining a robotic vacuum’s price.
Nonetheless, today’s robotic vacuums have come a long way from those that were initially introduced just a few years ago.
Older robots were often awkward using primitive controls. And you have to track it down when stranded in the house by an annoying and constant “Low Battery” beep.
Some of the latest robotic vacuums available today can not only clean your home, but they can also remember your home’s layout to increase efficiency, dispose its dirt in a designated receptacle and even have the ability to find their way back to a recharging station to re-charge.
One important point to remember when purchasing a robotic vacuum is that these machines will only supplement a standard, human-operated vacuum and not replace it.
They are meant to perform either daily or weekly touch-ups to keep your home, office, or workspace tidier in between regular vacuum sessions.
Also, these machines work best on hard flooring although some units have the transitioning capability and can convert from floors to low-level carpeting with ease.
While some robotic vacuums may work well on thicker carpet, the transition from floor to thick carpet may be difficult.
With these factors in mind, if a robotic vacuum seems like the right choice for you, first decide on your vacuuming needs.
A simple, lower-priced robotic vacuum can clean and dust your hard flooring, while a pricier unit will be able to transition from floor to carpet and also boast features such as scheduler options, memory, and dirt detecting sensors.
According to this article, ultimately, a robotic vacuum’s price will be primarily influenced by its unique features, such as remote-controlled operation, a self-charging base, or even virtual walls.
If your primary interest in a robotic vacuum is because of the convenience factor, you will want to decide whether you want the robotic vacuum to randomly clean an area or be able to “sense” whether it has missed a specific area of your home and continue until the entire area is cleaned.
Some robotic vacuums even feature dust sensors to detect how dirt the floor is. And they will linger on that spot accordingly. The size of a vacuum’s dust bin is also to be considered.
Not all robotic vacuum dust bins are of the same size, and larger dust bins are more convenient.
Be sure to check how easily a robotic vacuum’s dust bin removes itself from the unit, as frequent emptying will result in optimum performance.
Thankfully, because robotic vacuums do not utilize any complicated bags or filters, maintenance is usually quite simple: be sure to check for debris that may be clogging the brushes and replace as necessary, and empty the dust bin regularly.
Nevertheless, despite the limitations of a robotic vacuum and regardless of what model robot vacuum you choose, one thing is sure: robotic vacuums will be as ordinary as television sets or microwave ovens, and robotic vacuum manufacturers and consumers alike are agreeing that the robotic revolution is finally here.