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Roomba Red Light Flashing while Charging

Roomba Red Light Flashing while Charging

When a robot vacuum like the Roomba from iRobot is working effectively, it’s an incredibly convenient little piece of technology that lets you keep your home clean without even having to think about it. When there’s something going wrong, though, like the Roomba’s red light flashing while it’s charging, it can be frustrating to figure out how to fix it.

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Roomba Virtual Wall Not Working? Try These Handy Tips

Roomba Virtual Wall Not Working? Try These Handy Tips

The Virtual Wall is a very handy accessory for the Roomba—when it works correctly. It can be very frustrating when the Roomba Virtual Wall is not working, especially if you’re using it to block off a staircase or thick carpeting that can damage the vacuum.

Every model of the Virtual Wall does the same basic thing: it puts up an invisible barrier for the Roomba to prevent the vacuum from going into a designated space. While some versions of the device also boast additional features, they all include that basic functionality.

Problems with the Virtual Wall can be tricky to diagnose, and the iRobot help page isn’t especially helpful. The good news is, we’ve got some tips for anyone struggling with their virtual wall. Read on below to find the solution to your particular problem.Continue reading

Troubleshooting Tips: Neato not cleaning whole house

Troubleshooting Tips: Neato not cleaning whole house

Robot vacuums are the epitome of modern technology making your life more convenient. Since the technology is still relatively new, though, robot vacuums like the Neato will sometimes encounter some frustrating problems. If your Neato isn’t cleaning your whole house before it turns itself off or returns to base, it can be incredibly frustrating—and eliminate the hands-free, time-saving benefits.Continue reading

Keeping Clean, On time: Roomba Schedule Troubleshooting

Everything works perfectly until it doesn’t. This is the mantra of technology. The wonders of convenience we enjoy every day are life-changing until they don’t work. Such is the case with the incredible Roomba vacuums. Roomba schedule troubleshooting can make the difference between a paperweight and effective cleaner.Continue reading

Roomba Not Connecting to Wi-Fi

Troubleshooting Tips: Roomba Not Connecting to Wi-Fi

The big selling point of robot vacuum cleaners, like iRobot’s Roomba models, is their ability to operate hands-free through in-app scheduling or a smart home system, like Alexa or Google Home. If you have a Roomba not connecting to Wi-Fi, though, it nullifies this primary advantage of the device—and can be an exceptionally frustrating problem to solve.

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One of the biggest problems with connection issues is being able to diagnose the issue’s point of origin. You’ll need to take a different approach to fixing connection issues that originate from the Roomba than those that result from errors with the network or router. If you’re plagued by a non-communicative Roomba, we’ve got some tips to help you figure out the root of the problem so you can resolve it permanently.

Quick NavigationStep 1: Make sure your Wi-Fi is working.Step 2: Double-check the device is powered on.Step 3: Do a factory reset on your Roomba.Step 4: Move the Home Base closer to your router (or vice versa).Step 5: Take other steps to strengthen your signal. The trickiest part of a Roomba not connecting to Wi-Fi

Step 1: Make sure your Wi-Fi is working.

Take a portable Wi-Fi enabled device like a laptop or smartphone to the location of the Home Base. Make sure you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Roomba then try to use the internet. This is the easiest way to test not only whether the network is active but that it’s strong enough in that area of your home.

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Step 2: Double-check the device is powered on.

Don’t roll your eyes too quickly, because it’s not as obvious as it sounds. There are a few different things you have to check. Make sure the Roomba is sitting on its Home Base, and that the Home Base itself is charged in. Next, check if the lights on the Roomba itself are on. If not, press the “Clean” button to wake it. Once you’re sure both the Roomba and the base are powered, try connecting again.

Step 3: Do a factory reset on your Roomba.

Sometimes things get jumbled inside the circuitry of the Roomba and the best way to clear them up is to start from scratch. You can do this easily right on the vacuum, though the process is slightly different depending on your model.

If you have a 900-series model, hold down the “Dock”, “Spot clean”, and “Clean” buttons at the same time until the LED lights on the vacuum all light up. On earlier models, you can press the same buttons, but release them when the unit beeps rather than waiting for a light.

Go ahead and reset your wireless router while you’re at it, just to make sure that all steps of the process are starting completely fresh. After everything is reset the Roomba, you’ll need to go through the entire set-up process again. Close the iRobot app completely then open it again and re-start the set-up process.

Step 4: Move the Home Base closer to your router (or vice versa).

The signal from the router gets weaker the further it has to travel. The less distance between the Home Base and the router, the stronger the signal will be. This is especially recommended if your Roomba has connected to Wi-Fi but can’t hold the connection. It’s ideal if you can get them into the same room, but as long as they’re relatively close you shouldn’t have a problem.

If you have a multi-story home, think about the vertical as well as the horizontal. Wi-Fi signals tend to go from the top down, so putting the Home Base directly above your router can be a good way to get a stronger signal if you need to have the two on different floors.

Step 5: Take other steps to strengthen your signal.

A lot of times when a device is having trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi the problem is with the network—especially if you’ve had trouble connecting other devices to the internet in the past. If you’ve tried all of the steps above and the Roomba still won’t stay connected, either the vacuum’s Wi-Fi is defective or your Wi-Fi signal isn’t consistently strong enough.

The number of devices that are competing for bandwidth on your network is something a lot of people don’t think about, but it can have a big impact on how well each device functions. This is especially true if you have a smart home set-up. Each individual piece within that network is potentially sucking up a portion of the bandwidth, and while a single smart bulb might not take much, a dozen of them together can be a different story.

Look at the list of items connected to your Wi-Fi network and manually remove anything that you no longer use or need. This might include old electronics like phones and computers or smart appliances you use only occasionally. Remember that the router will give the most signal to things that are closest to it, so if you can’t move the router and Home Base closer together, relocating Wi-Fi enabled devices that are in between them can also help.

It may also be time to update your router, especially if you have an older Wireless A or Wireless G model. The newest standard, Wireless AC, is significantly faster and better able to handle the multiple devices required for a full smart home set-up.

Consider the placement of your router, too—not just where it is in relation to your Home Base, but what’s immediately around it. Don’t put the router in a cabinet or hide it in a corner. The more out in the open it is, the better the signal it will send.

Finally, there are accessories you can buy that will give your Wi-Fi signal a bit of a boost. Upgrading the antenna or buying an RP-SMA extension cable for the antenna is one option. You can also use a second router or an external Wi-Fi extender as a second access point, an especially helpful suggestion for larger homes with a lot of devices. If you do decide to upgrade your router, this can be a good use for the old one.

The trickiest part of a Roomba connection to Wi-Fi

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When you’re having trouble with your Roomba’s connectivity, iRobot isn’t much help—either the user manual that comes with your vacuum or their online troubleshooting resources. Both will mostly give you the advice of doing a factory reset as if that’s your only option. The iRobot HOME app is also not especially helpful in telling you why your Roomba’s not responding as it should.

While it is possible that the problem is a mechanical defect within the device, to be honest, this is rarely the source of the issue. Go through all the steps above before sending it back for a new model. If your network strength is the problem, the new Roomba won’t fare any better.

A non-functional device can be incredibly frustrating, but hopefully, the tips here have helped you find the solution for your connection woes. Let us know in the comments if you have any other tips for fixing a Roomba’s connection issues! We wish you the best of luck in perfecting your smart vacuum’s function.

How Loud Is a Roomba

How Loud Is a Roomba?

Automatic house cleaning and no more pushing a vacuum around the house? A robot? There must be a catch. Some users talk about the noise level of the Roomba being a weakness. But exactly how loud is a Roomba?

You may have found this article while searching for the answer to this question. We respect that you want to know all the ways allowing a robot into your home will impact your daily life. Vacuums have long been the mortal enemy of cats, dogs, babies, and an overall peaceful household. The iRobot Roombas take most of the bad blood away, search YouTube for videos of cats riding Roombas, but they still make noise.

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How does the noise created by a Roomba robot vacuum compare to a regular vacuum, and how will running one of these sleek robots around the house impact your daily life? We did some research to find out.

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How Loud Is a Roomba, By the Numbers

To measure the volume of sound experts use a measurement called decibels (dB). The higher the dB rating of a sound or a machine, the louder it is. You may have seen a dB reader while at a sporting event. It is the brightly colored bar that pulses up and down as the announcer pushes the crowd to cheer louder and louder. This same instrument is what detects the volume level of your Roomba.

To give you a baseline of dB levels a level 10 dB rating is the sound of leaves rustling, 60 is the range of a normal conversation, and 80 is the sound of a noisy restaurant. When you get to 90 dB and above, you are now in the range of loud. Above 90 you start to get into the sound of a lawnmower, sporting events, sirens, planes, and at the very top, with a 180dB rating, is a rocket launch.

Fortunately, your new Roomba vacuum will not have a noise rating of anywhere near a rocket launch.

The iRobot Roomba vacuums top out at an impressively low 70db. To put that number in perspective, the loudest a Roomba will get is slightly louder than an average conversation. At their very loudest, they can be as loud as your average washing machine.

The 70dB level isn’t ideal for creating a noise-free house when putting the baby down to sleep or trying to meditate while the bot cleans the floors. However, Roomba vacuums are still quieter than your average upright models. Shockingly, top models like Dyson can get as loud as 90dB. When next to that kind of noise, 70dB is terrific.

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Not All Roomba Models are Equal

We have discussed that the loudest a Roomba will get is about 70dB, but not every Roomba will reach that threshold. The total range of the various Roomba models with go from 60 to 70dB with some variations being louder than others.

Models like the 880 will max out at around 65 decibels, while the powerhouse model 980 will sit up at the higher 70dB mark. The difference between the sound levels is the included features of the device and suction power.

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Larger models, like the 980, have more suction power, larger brushes, and slightly larger. These features all translate into the need for more powerful motors to move the bot around and provide the effective cleaning you dreamed about when you started looking at a robot vacuum.

While the difference between the models in noise doesn’t seem that great, you will notice a distinct difference between 60 and 70dB in the confined spaces of your home. You will also see a difference in the vacuum noise while operating on hard versus carpeted surfaces. The hard surfaces will be louder.

If your goal is to get the quietest Roomba you can, then I would recommend going with the slightly smaller models. These smaller models will still give you fantastic cleaning power in a compact robot that you will only have to touch to empty the dustbin and untangle the occasional hair or wire.

A Few More Features to Consider

If you are still on the fence and worried about the noise of a Roomba vacuum, there are a few other useful features that make owning an iRobot Roomba more useful.

WIFI Connectivity

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Models like the Roomba 690, Roomba 890, and Roomba 960 can connect to your in-home WIFI network and sync with the iRobot HOME app. This feature allows you to precisely schedule when you want your robot to clean. You can set it to run when you are out of the house, and make sure it never runs during nap time.

The app will also give you real-time cleaning updates and help you see the trouble areas where your robot may get stuck behind furniture or encounter other cleaning issues. All-together, the WIFI connectivity and app allow you a more efficient clean.

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3-Stage Cleaning and Intelligent Navigation

iRobot has designed their latest Roomba models with a 3-stage cleaning process that use dual multi-surface brushes, edge sweeping brushes, and vacuum suction to break-up and remove debris and hair from both hard floor and carpet surfaces.

An advanced array of sensors seek out area with high concentrations of dirt while simultaneously avoiding obstacles in your home. These sensors make the bot more effective at providing a whole-house clean while minimizing how often you have to free the vacuum from a furniture trap.

The Final Word in Noise

 Well, in comparison with your average vacuum, it is quieter. When compared with other sounds around your house, you will likely be able to drown out the noise of a Roomba on a carpeted floor with some light music, or even an excited conversation. All machines have their quirks, but the sound is not a weakness of the iRobot Roomba.

The Multi-Room Cleaning Conundrum. Moving Roomba from Room to Room

The Multi-Room Cleaning Conundrum: Moving Roomba from Room to Room

If your home has a simple layout—only a couple of rooms, with no major obstructions—whole home cleaning with a Roomba is a no-brainer. Just schedule when you want it to clean and its smart navigation will handle the rest on its own. For larger and more complex homes, though, moving a Roomba from room to room can be a bit trickier.

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The first step to improving your Roomba’s navigation is to understand how it thinks. Its main move is referred to as the Roomba bounce. It travels in a straight line until it hits an obstacle, turns in a random direction, and starts off again in a straight line. The problem most people have isn’t getting it to move from one room to the next but making sure it actually cleans the rooms instead of just passing through.

 

There are a couple things you can do to help your Roomba give your carpets a thorough clean every time it leaves home base. With a bit of pre-planning, you can get the automated and hands-free clean a Roomba promises, even in the most complicated home layout.

 Quick Navigation1) Get the right model for the job.2) Put your home base in a central location.3) Make smart use of virtual walls.4) Use scheduling to move your Roomba from room to room.A Few Final Tips

1) Get the right model for the job.

The biggest difference between versions of the Roomba isn’t their power but their mapping, scheduling, and navigation skill. For effective and no-hassle cleaning of multiple rooms, we’d recommend getting a Roomba 960 or higher.

 

There are two main reasons for this. First, it uses a superior mapping system, called Simultaneous Location and Mapping (or SLAM for short). It combines laser sensors with visual cameras to map out the area and find the most efficient path. This same technology makes it better at navigating between rooms.

 

The second reason is the improved battery system. The Roomba 960 will run for 75 minutes, while the Roomba 980 gives you up to 120 minutes per charge. Both models also have the “recharge and resume” feature. This means they’ll not only run longer in each session but will automatically pick up where they left off after recharging. This is a necessary feature for larger homes and useful for any kind of multi-room set-up.

 

Even if you don’t feel you need the top of the line Roomba for your needs, we wouldn’t recommend attempting multi-room cleaning with anything lower than the Roomba 690. This is the lowest model that will give you scheduling options and smart home system compatibility, which are key features for moving your Roomba between rooms, even in a smaller home.

 

2) Put your home base in a central location.

One of the biggest complaints from Roomba owners is that their vacuum gets stuck or stranded. You can help to prevent this by reducing the length and complexity of the path the Roomba has to take to get back to the charger after cleaning.

 

Think about your home’s layout through the Roomba’s eyes. Consider what obstacles it has to maneuver around and the placement of doorways as well as the size and design of the space. The less time the Roomba spends in transit, the more of its battery life will be spent cleaning. Think about where in your home will give the vacuum the shortest path to travel to reach all the areas you want it to clean.

 

3) Make smart use of virtual walls.

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Virtual Wall Barrier

Virtual walls are handy accessories for keeping the Roomba out of places it shouldn’t go. The most useful one for a multi-room set-up is the Virtual Wall Lighthouse because it has two modes. It can function as a wall, blocking an area off from the Roomba’s cleaning range. It also has the lighthouse mode, which traps the Roomba in a single room long enough for it to clean then guides it through to the next room.

 

Virtual Wall Lighthouses would be the perfect way to move a Roomba through many rooms except for one problem: they’re only compatible with certain models, namely the 880, 790, 780, and 500 series.

 

The Dual-Mode Virtual Wall barriers that will work with other Roomba models don’t have the lighthouse mode, but you can still use them to help the Roomba clean multiple rooms—it will just take a bit more pre-planning and effort. If you buy a Virtual Wall Scheduler, you can set specific Virtual Walls to turn on or off at a given time. Used in conjunction with your Roomba’s scheduling, this lets you block off rooms in sequence and guide the Roomba through its cleaning path.

 

4) Use scheduling to move your Roomba from room to room.

As we said above, every Roomba model from the 690 and up has some kind of scheduling option built in, whether you do it through the Roomba’s app or via Wi-Fi using Alexa, Google Home, or another smart home system. If your home layout isn’t too complicated, you can use this function to make sure your Roomba is hitting every room in your house on a regular cycle even without using any Virtual Walls.

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The most recent iteration of the iRobot Home app gives you map features that weren’t available before, which can make it easier than ever to set up automatic cleaning for your whole home. While you can get quite in-depth with customizing your clean, something as simple as starting the vacuum in a different room each day can make sure it’s hitting all your floors from time to time.

 

A Few Final Tips

 

Cleaning multiple rooms of your home shouldn’t be an issue if you follow through with one or more of the steps above. If the Roomba still isn’t cleaning every room, there are some general troubleshooting things you can try.

 

First, consider the lighting and flooring in the room the Roomba is missing. Because the Roomba uses visual sensors to detect trouble areas, it may not notice dirt as readily on darker floors, or in lower lighting conditions. Making sure the room gets cleaned could be as simple as keeping the lights on when you know the Roomba’s going to be running.

 

Also consider what’s in the room that’s being cleaned. If there are dividing walls, large pieces of furniture, or even just lots of clutter, the Roomba will take longer to clean the carpet than it would in a room of the same size that’s more open. Keep this in mind when you’re setting up the scheduling to make sure you’re giving the Roomba enough time to thoroughly clean the space.

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Since each home is different, there’s no one right answer when it comes to making a Roomba move easily from one room to the next. With smart home base placement, proper scheduling, and maybe a virtual wall or two, there is no home layout the Roomba can’t handle. We wish you the best of luck in finding the right set-up for your home!

 

How Long Does a Roomba Battery Last

How Long Does a Roomba Battery Last?

iRobot has been at the forefront of making our 1980’s sci-fi dreams become a reality. Their advances are closer to Rosie from The Jetsons than the awesome Hoverboards and time machines from Back to the Future. However, nobody complains about any easier way to keep their house clean. The battery operated cleaning wonder takes almost all the work out of housework. But, how long does a Roomba battery last?

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Knowing the limits of any machine is key to maximizing your enjoyment, and its usefulness. Today we are tackling the capabilities of the Roomba battery. This topic contains two questions in one. First, how long does the Roomba battery last on a single charge? Second, what is the lifetime of a Roomba battery before it needs to replacement?

Our goal is to answer both questions while giving you a little bit of advice along the way of how to make your battery last a little longer.

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How Long Does a Roomba Battery Last on a Single Charge?

iRobot Roomba 860 Robot Vacuum Review

One of the nicest features of the progress of the Roombas is the automatic clean and return function. Most models have a single push button that sends the robot vacuum out across your floors, using a complex array of sensors to make sure nothing escapes the brushes and rollers. By pushing this button, the vac will tour your home or office until the battery gets low.

In general, all of the Roomba vacuum models have a battery operating a range of around 2-hours. We say “generally” because this 2-hour window may be longer or shorter based on a few factors.

Factors Affecting Battery Charge

Depending on how you care for your favorite little robot-buddy, you will see different degrees of battery performance. Just like your car, phone, and significant other, the Roomba robot vacuum’s battery will treat you better and be more reliable the better you treat it. Here are a couple of things you can do to make sure the battery stays optimal for as long as possible.

1) Keep it Clean

As your little Roomba traverses the house getting rid of all the dirt and dust bunnies, its little parts and pieces get all gunked up and jammed with dust, dirt, and hair. This build-up of pesky dirties makes the vacuum motor work harder. The harder the motor works, the more drain on the battery. The end of this equation equals a shorter battery life.

You can avoid this by checking and cleaning the brushes and rolls of the Roomba once a week or so. Better would be to give them a quick clean each time you empty the dustbin. I know cleaning a cleaning robot sounds a little funny, but think of it like changing the oil in your car or snuggling with your partner. Your little efforts will make the Roomba battery charge last longer.

2) Let the Battery Drain

Tip number two is exercising the battery through a full-range of charge. Draining the battery is kind of like goat-yoga for your Roomba. By letting the battery full deplete before charging it, and letting it fully recharge, you are helping the battery maintain a consistent charge time. You don’t have to do this every time, just often enough to let it clear out.

3) Don’t Hesitate to Charge

Unlike standing at the counter shakily deciding if you want to put that new 4K on your credit card, you want to charge you Roomba battery immediately after use. iRobot recommends charging the battery as soon as possible after use.

Even if you are doing a quick 15-minute clean that would leave about 85% of the battery remaining, don’t be tempted to save that 85% for another clean. By waiting to charge later, you can damage the battery and shorten the active charge life.

While we are on the subject of proper charging, iRobot recommends keeping the magnificent little bot plugged into a charger or home base.

4) A Cool Bot is a Happy Bot

Our final tip is all about storage. Where you store and charge your Roomba between uses can help keep your battery healthy and strong. One of the killers of NiMH batteries is heat. Heat naturally builds up during charge and discharge, but you can help minimize the effects of the heat by storing and charging the robot in a cool place.

A cool location means that you need to keep the Roomba out of direct sunlight, away from heating vents, and not in the same closet as your furnace or water heater. Give the little guy a cozy corner to rest and charge where it will be free from foot traffic. You want to make sure if you are using a home base the robot will still have an access path to and from the charger.

What is the Lifetime of a Roomba Battery?

XLife Extended Life Battery

No battery lasts forever. Eventually, all the charges and discharges of use will wear the battery down, and it won’t be able to hold a charge anymore. iRobot states that with proper care, the battery for their vacuums will last up to 400 charge cycles. Mathematically, if you run the Roomba three times per week, then you should get about 2.5 years out of a single battery. Not a bad life if you take good care of your little robot.

What is nice about the Roomba batteries is that they are user replaceable, and cost only about one-quarter of the amount of even the least expensive Roomba model. We recommend upgrading to the XLife extended life battery available from iRobot, which is compatible with Roomba 400/600/700/800 series vacuums. The larger capacity battery doesn’t let your Roomba run longer with each charge but does extend the lifetime of the battery by up to double.

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Roomba Battery Life Wrap-up

Roomba battery lasting depends on how well you care for your new mechanical best friend. By cleaning, charging, and storing correctly, you can enjoy up to 2 years of 2-hour cleaning cycles. Plus, the replaceable battery means you can continue to enjoy your robot vacuum for many more years to come.

HOW TO REMOVE HAIR FROM A VACUUM ROLLER

How to Remove Hair from a Vacuum Roller

Despite owning the best vacuum cleaner available, hair will eventually stick around its roller. You don’t have to grab a kitchen knife or scissors to get hair out of your vacuum cleaner. A seam ripper of the right size and shape, depending on the type of vacuum cleaner you have, is all you need. The seam ripper pulls out even the tiniest strands of hair.

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Vacuum cleaners help keep our rooms and home in general clean. Even so, you need to clean your vacuum cleaner regularly to maintain its effectiveness. During vacuum cleaning, the cleaner picks up all sorts of debris on your floor. Therefore, regular maintenance and care is required. Go through the manufacturer’s instructions on how to disconnect a roller.

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Vacuum cleaners help keep our rooms and home in general clean. Even so, you need to clean your vacuum cleaner regularly to maintain its effectiveness. During vacuum cleaning, the cleaner picks up all sorts of debris on your floor. Therefore, regular maintenance and care is required. Go through the manufacturer’s instructions on how to disconnect a roller.

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The more debris gets trapped in your vacuum cleaner, the more it becomes less efficient. Therefore, it makes sense to create a cleaning routine for your vacuum cleaner. Alternatively, use a carpet rake to minimize the rate at which hair gets trapped in your cleaner. Here’s how you can remove hair trapped in your vacuum cleaner:

  

11 Steps to Removing Hair from Your Vacuum Cleaner

 

  1. Unplug the vacuum cleaner before starting maintenance work. Working on a plugged cleaner can cause accidents and injuries. Make sure a ground pong is in the vacuum cleaner. Never use a vacuum cleaner that lacks a ground pong.
  2. A roller is located beneath the vacuum cleaner to brush out dirt and debris from your carpet. Locate the roller beneath the vacuum cleaner; you’ll notice it as hair is often wound around it. It is also covered with a bottom plate. Unscrew it carefully and make sure you don’t lose the screws as they hold the plate in place.
  3. Take note of the roller’s direction before removing it. Use a seam ripper to help you remove hair around the roller. It is recommended because it can remove even the tiniest of hair strands. Pay attention to the areas around the ends of the roller.
  4. Clean and lubricate the bearings on vacuum rollers. Use your fingers to spin the roller on its axle to confirm if it can spin freely. If the spinning isn’t smooth, cleaning and lubricating the bearings can reduce friction. If the bearings and rollers are broken, you might need a professional to replace them.
  5. Remove debris accumulated on and around the bearings. Take note of the positioning of the bearings before removing them to enable you replace them correctly when done cleaning. Remove caps on the sides of the bearing. The caps are located on the axle; you have to remove it to access the caps.
  6. Regularly lubricate and clean the bearing to keep them working smoothly. Replace both the bearings and caps as they were before for efficient operation of your vacuum cleaner.
  7. When opening your vacuum cleaner to access the roller, always lay it down to expose its underneath for easy access. Use a screwdriver to unscrew all the screws. Although most vacuum cleaners have four screws, the number may vary depending on the specific type and size of the cleaner.
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  9. Keep all the unscrewed screws together so you don’t lose them. Put them in a bowl where you can easily retrieve them. After removing the plate covering the bottom of the vacuum, pop the roller out of its place. In most cases, one end comes out easily before you pull out the remaining end.
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  11. Check the manufacturer’s instructions so you won’t have difficulty in installing the roller back to its original position. If the roller doesn’t come out easily, rotate it till it comes out. When cleaning the roller, cover your working surface using a newspaper to hold the hair that comes off.
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  13. Use your hands to pull out hair from the roller until it remains completely clean. Rollers with accumulated hair often become faulty if not maintained regularly. Once the roller is clean, put it back together and orient it to check if it’s working well.
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  15. Slide the roller over the roller belt to orient it. Check if the belts are in good working condition or require replacement. Return the bottom plate and the screws to their original position. Tighten the screws to secure the roller and plate in position.
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Watch also this video on how to clean a vacuum brush the easy way:

When done, you are good to go. Plug in your vacuum cleaner and confirm that it’s working well. Test it on your carpet and store it for the next routine cleaning.

 

How to Remove Roller Brush from a Shark Vacuum

How to Remove Roller Brush from a Shark Vacuum

A roller brush is an essential part of a vacuum cleaner. Whether yours is made of metal, plastic or wood, it is prone to debris and at times you will need it removed for cleaning. Some modern vacuum cleaners are self-cleaning, meaning you don’t have to detach them for cleaning purposes.

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