I love my roomba, it helps keep my home clean while I’m busy with other things. I have a small apartment with laminate floors throughout, so dust, crumbs and cat hair frequently build up against the walls and under my furniture.
Roomba has many features to help set the level of “cleaning” you want it to do and what times to do it, which is extremely useful to me.
Setting Roomba Cleaning Preferences
When setting the preferences for cleaning settings it will affect the battery consumption depending on what options your roomba has and which one you selected.
For my roomba I keep it set to automatic. While on auto, it will determine if it needs to make multiple passes or not (usually it doesn’t), and with having a small apartment it doesn’t run as much, which means the battery won’t get drained as quickly. Check out Brentmore Labs for more details about roomba cleaning settings.
Since I have all laminate floors, it doesn’t use the power boost much, which is for carpets, except for on the two area rugs in my bedroom and livingroom. The power boost consumes more of the battery, since it increases the suction power when on carpets or rugs, and shuts off for laminate, tile or hardwood floors.
With newer Roombas, (900 and up) there’s an app you can download on your phone or tablet to set all of your cleaning preferences and settings. The edge clean setting is really handy for getting all the furballs that run away towards the baseboards and sucks them right up.
The maintenance is relatively simple for a roomba. I clean mine out weekly to keep the brushes and gears clean and from getting gunked up with cat hairballs. You can take off the rubber brushes and rinse them off with warm water to get off any sticky residues or mud and fur. The brushes just snap on and off, all easy peasy.
Keeping the roomba clean is important, especially if you want it to continue performing perfectly and last a long time. Too much hair in the gears can cause it to seize and eventually break or stop functioning altogether, and with a piece of equipment that expensive, it’s not something you want to leave to chance at all.
In a Nutshell, it’s an Awesome Tool for Your Home
If your home has a lot of foot traffic and accumulates dirt, dust and fur throughout the day, but simply don’t have the time to constantly clean every other hour then an investment in a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner is a great option. It’s ability to run on a set schedule without you having to operate it manually like traditional vacuums will give you one less thing to worry about, and still help keep your floors clean.