To make your Roomba last longer, function effectively, and be in good shape, you need to maintain it properly and regularly. After every cleaning cycle, it is advisable to perform the necessary maintenances and then run high-level maintenance once a month.
Of course, the right answer to “how often to change Roomba Filter” totally depends on how often you use it. Rightly, we can recommend that you replace it every 6-12 months, but if you notice a reduction in the suction power before then, change the filter.
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If you do not wash the filter all the time and you use it at least two times a week, you may have to replace it every four months. But the better practice is to empty the Roomba after every use, tap the filter on the sides of the trash can to ensure the dirt is off. Then wash the filter and ensure it is dry before fitting it back into the unit. Dust can cause a thin layer of mud on the filter and make it useless.
Why you need clean Roomba Filters?
If you will not stress over any part of the Roomba, at least clean the filter. Washing it meticulously and keeping it clean significantly gives a longer lifespan than the manufacturer’s suggestion. Even when you don’t use it often, still ensure to clean the filters after every cycle.
This prevents clogged filters, overheating, and also increases the performance significantly. Let’s discuss the basics of cleaning the Roomba filters.
Cleaning the Roomba Filter
For your Roomba to be in great shape, you need to ensure it is cleaned regularly most, especially after every cleaning cycle. To begin, detach and empty the dustbin. Remove the filters, then tap them against the trash can to make sure the debris is out, before placing them back. To get rid of the entire waste, you can also use compressed air.
If your choice is to clean the filter with water, you need to ensure that it is completely dried before putting them back. Or just put it asides and wait for it to dry, so you avoid damaging your unit. If you prefer to do the cleaning without water, you can use a wet cloth, but still, let it be entirely dried before returning it.
Some manufacturers recommend the filter to be changed once every two months. But as we have mentioned above, you will need to often replace your filer (watch video below) depending on how often you use it. Also, the consistent change keeps the performance of the Roomba at its peak.
The Regular Maintenances
What most people don’t know is that there are some levels of maintenances required by Roomba to get good performances. Routine maintenances are essential to keep to your Roomba performing optimally over a long period. So whether your routine is maintenance after every cleaning cycle or you do yours after several cleaning cycles, the vital point is to do it better than not at all.
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The most relevant aspect of the maintenance involves emptying the dust bin after a cleaning cycle to prevent the buildup of dirt, cleaning the Roomba filters, brushing and every other detachable component.
Cleaning the Brushes and Bearings
Asides from the filters, your brushes and bearings also require some attention. If you use your Roomba daily, at least once a week, clean these components.
Getting access to them is easy; all you do is detach the combs and remove any hair or fur with a comb or any tool that can do the job. Ensure you clean the bearings of any dirt or debris.
Wipe the Front Wheel and Sensors
The Roomba vacuum uses sensors to navigate during a cleaning cycle and move on wheels. Sometimes, these front wheels and sensors collect dirt. So while you do the maintenances, also clean them regularly using a cloth to remove the dirt and dust to keep the vacuum cleaner running efficiently.
The front wheels are easily detachable so there would not be a problem removing and fitting them. But remove the debris and dirt before returning them. Caring for the front wheels helps to prevent damaging the sensors that are at the back of the wheels.
General Maintenance Tips
To save yourself from the excessive stress of think or scheduling the time for cleaning after a cycle, you could consider cleaning the entire Roomba at least once every month. Of course, you may need to detach some components to reach some difficult inner areas. Clean out the debris using a vacuum cleaner or a blow dryer.
You can use water on the filters, but make sure it is well dried before returning it to avoid damaging the unit. Some filters can last as long as five months, but once it looks old or tattered, do not wait to replace them. Buy the appropriate replacements that will fit your model.
While cleaning, make sure you handle every part with care, and if you are not confident about opening up some part for cleaning, take your Roomba to a professional to do it for you.
We have given our opinion on how often you should change the Roomba filter. We went further to explain other parts of the maintenance and how to perform them. But one thing you need to keep at the back of your mind is that a Roomba that is not regularly cleaned will buildup debris and dirt perform lower than expected and may even malfunction.
Although not every component requires regular cleaning, the filter and brush do ensure your vacuum works properly. Empty the dust bin after every use. If luckily you are getting a new a Roomba, go for a model that empties its dustbin by itself.