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We explain which problems can occur with vacuum robots These are the 5 most annoying robot vacuum problems in everyday life

Vacuum robots are becoming more and more popular, but you should know that before buying

Anyone who buys a vacuum robot expects the fully automatic cleaning of their floors, but under certain circumstances forgets to create the necessary conditions. If these are not met, annoying cleaning problems can quickly arise or the device can even be damaged.

We report what went wrong in everyday situations in our robot vacuum tests and give tips on how to solve them.

As a rule, vacuum robots work reliably, only sometimes they weaken (Mariella Wendel / home & smart)

Robot vacuum problem 1: Objects lying around

Most robotic vacuum cleaners overcome obstacles such as door thresholds or carpet edges up to two centimeters high by driving over them. Small things, e.g. B. building blocks are often accidentally sucked in. However, it becomes really dangerous with semi-fixed furnishings or decorations. In our tests, a vacuum robot sucked on the hanging cable of a floor lamp and pulled it with it as we drove on. Other models were stuck on chains of lights or curtains and became more and more entangled in their attempts at liberation. Sometimes it even happened that vacuum robots pushed particularly light objects that were too high to drive over in front of them. One of our devices has the peculiarity of repeatedly "dismantling and taking with you" certain door stoppers.

Free ride? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! No vacuum robot can get through here (annanahabed / home & smart)

This problem can be solved by the following three security measures:

  • Put away sensitive floor vases etc. before cleaning, hang the curtain ends over a chair or similar
  • Stay with the first vacuum pass and watch out for potential obstacles
  • Set up no-go areas that the vacuum robot should bypass by app or with the help of magnetic virtual wall modules

Robot vacuum cleaner problem 2: narrow spaces and angled rooms

The more angled a floor plan, the more important an efficient navigation strategy is. If a cheap model with chaos navigation is used, it continues in a randomly selected direction when an obstacle is reached. Especially with narrow passages, it can therefore happen that the vacuum robot cannot find the exit from a room for a long time. In one of our tests, a model was stuck in the bedroom again and again until it ran out of energy under the bed, of all places.

The solution: We recommend buying a vacuum robot with laser navigation that creates a digital map of the environment the first time it is used and then systematically cleans it. This not only saves time, but also conserves the battery.

Not every vacuum robot fits easily under furniture (Samira Kammerer / home & smart)

Robot vacuum cleaner problem 3: Wet or very dry dirt

Despite their high suction power, even premium robotic vacuum cleaners cannot cope with all types of dirt without any problems. Mud, animal droppings or leaked fluids can even cause gearbox damage due to their moisture. If the vacuum robot cannot vacuum it, it may also drive over it again and again and distribute the rubbish everywhere in its sphere of activity.

Dried stains are not enlarged by the robot vacuum cleaner, but are usually retained. Incidentally, this also applies to models with wiping mode, because the manufacturer usually only provides for the use of clear water instead of cleaning agents. In addition, the cleaning robots do not rub vigorously over the dirt, but simply run over it with their damp cloth.

The solution: The only way to do this is to manually remove heavy soiling before starting the vacuuming process.

For the quick removal of crumbs, animal hair, sand or dust, however, vacuum robots are absolutely recommended and have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives.

Robot vacuum problem 4: Hair or long fibers

During one of our first tests, the long, narrow leaves of an elephant foot plant wrapped around the brush attachments of the vacuum robot and were torn off. Fortunately, there were no grass stains on the white carpet, but it was relatively time-consuming to remove the fibers. The same applies to long hair, which in the worst case can completely block the roller of the vacuum robot.

The robot's rotating brush attachments accidentally wind up some things (Mariella Wendel / home & smart)

The solution: In our experience, it is therefore advisable to turn the vacuum robot around once or twice a month and, if necessary, to free it from its blockages with scissors.

If you don't feel like removing such residues from wheels and rollers on a regular basis, you can get models in stores with integrated cleaning tools in the charging station. However, these are usually very expensive.

Robot vacuum problem 5: Regular maintenance required

With many robotic vacuum cleaners, the dirt collector must be removed manually after the second cleaning process at the latest and emptied in the garbage can or vacuumed with a classic vacuum cleaner. Unfortunately, the power of the devices is usually not enough to compact the dirt into a solid lump, which can whirl up dust when emptying or vacuuming the container.

The solution: Allergy sufferers should use a model with a suction station. With the iRobot Roomba i7 + robot vacuum cleaner, the dirt is removed e.g. B. automatically removed from the vacuum robot and filled into a special disposable garbage bag.

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Smart vacuum robot with automatic suction station empties dirt independently.

In addition, if the filter is used regularly, the filter should be changed occasionally; the robot vacuum usually notifies you when this is necessary.

Regular maintenance also includes checking the sensors. If these are covered by dirt, the robot vacuum can no longer correctly recognize distances and accidentally hit furniture or even fall down the stairs.

Fortunately, this robot vacuum cleaner with a wiper attachment does not require cleaning at the moment (Mariella Wendel / home & smart)

The solution: Always check the vacuum robot at a fixed date (e.g. first Saturday of the month) so that care is not forgotten.