How to Clean a Roomba Vacuum

Wondering how to clean a Roomba vacuum? We once scratched our heads over this super cool vacuum cleaner too.

After all, the best vacuums on the market are usually upright, canister, or cordless models, so when we first learned about this machine, we weren’t very familiar with the cleaning process of a Roomba vacuum.

Luckily, we spoke to the geniuses at iRobot, creators of the (almost) independent cleaning device to break down a cleaning regimen, part by part, with a rough schedule to work out how often we should take the machine apart and inspect. each cleaning component. .

By the time you’ve finished reading this guide, you’ll have mastered all of the modules, knowing exactly what they do and why they need to be serviced as often as they do. The good news is that you don’t have to be a mechanic to need special materials or tools to maintain your machine.

How to Clean a Roomba Vacuum

Whether you’ve just purchased an iRobot Roomba vacuum, are considering a purchase, or are a seasoned vacuum cleaner, each spec differs slightly from model to model. We had the pleasure of writing an iRobot Roomba S9+ review, an iRobot Roomba i7+ review, and an iRobot Roomba 980 robot vacuum review, so you can bet your bottom dollar that we know our way around this brand.

That said, the manufacturer knows their brand best, so we’ve scoured the guides and talked to the pros to create a mini manual that’ll save you loads of time.

Clean a Roomba vacuum canister

To keep your Roomba performing well, you should ideally clean the trash can after each use. This small task is quick and easy to do and will prevent trash from building up inside the unit. After all, the less there is to settle, the easier the job will be (and you’ll be less likely to make a mess with dust particles flying everywhere).

We spoke at length to Brent Hild, Director, Product Management, iRobot, who gave us a 7-step process for emptying the trash.

  1. Press the bin release button on the back of the robot to remove the bin. The tray release tab has a tray icon.
  2. Open the bin door to empty the contents of the bin into your trash can. The bin door release button has a bin icon.
  3. Grasp the side of the filter to remove the filter from the left side of the bin.
  4. Shake off the debris by tapping the filter against your trash can. Then replace the filter. Note: Filters are not designed to be washed or to come into contact with liquid.
  5. Rinse off excess debris with warm water and allow the bin to dry. Make sure the bin is completely dry. Note: The bin is designed to be rinsed by hand only. It is not dishwasher safe and should only be cleaned by rinsing with warm water.
  6. Put the filter back in the bin.
  7. Slide the bin into the bin slot, securing it in place.

How to Clean the Roomba Vacuum Brushes

“For optimal performance, inspect Roomba’s Multi-Surface Brushes and Cleaning Head Module at least once a week, and twice if you have pets.” said Hilde.

  1. Open the cleaning head module door by pressing the green tab on the right side of the Multi-Surface Brushes.
  2. Remove the brushes from the robot and ensure that hair and debris are removed from the square and hex pins of the Multi-Surface Brushes.
  3. Clean debris on and under the gray bearings.
  4. Insert the bearings on the multi-surface brushes.
  5. Make sure the vacuum path is clear.
  6. Match the shape of the multi-surface brush shanks to the shape of the cleaning head module.

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How to clean charging stations

iRobot Roomba J7+ in the hallway with charging station on laminate flooring

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As one of the best cordless vacuums on the market, your Roomba charging stations ensure your vacuum is full of power ready to take on the whole house. These components can accumulate dust, so it’s important not to overlook them when learning how to thoroughly clean a Roomba vacuum. And luckily, the process is (almost) instantaneous.

Simply wipe the charging contacts and docking sensor window on the Home Base® and robot with a clean melamine foam, such as magic eraser, which you can find on Amazon.

How to clean cliff sensors

iRobot J7+ in the kitchen with yellow bar stools on laminate flooring

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The cliff sensors in your Roomba vacuum do exactly what they say on the box. They prevent your device from diving from a “cliff”… or rather from a staircase in your house or your balcony if you live in an apartment. These functions work by bouncing infrared light off the surface photocell sensors.

Similar to charging stations, you can use a magic eraser.

How to Clean a Roomba Vacuum Filter

You should aim to clean your iRobot Roomba vacuum’s filters once a week (or every two weeks if you’re a pet owner). Also, be prepared to replace them entirely every two months.

You can either buy them directly from iRobot or buy the parts and other accessories directly from Amazon, along with the best cleaning products and other items that catch your eye.

  1. Grasp the side of the filter to remove the filter from the left side of the bin.
  2. Shake off the debris by tapping the filter against your trash can. Then replace the filter.
  3. Slide the bin into the bin slot, securing it in place.

How to Clean the Front Wheels of a Roomba Vacuum

iRobot Roomba S9 transitions from laminate flooring to cream carpet with exposed front casters

(Image credit: iRobot)

The front rollers on your Roomba vacuum help it move across the floor and clean the floor. If there is some resistance (caused by dirt or debris), you will need to examine the machine and extract the offending object.

If you’re blessed with lavish locks, hair can be a common culprit for clogging your machine. Ideally, you should clean them fortnightly, and change them annually.

Here’s how to clean spinning discs:

  1. Pull firmly on the front wheel to remove it.
  2. Remove any debris from inside the wheel cavity.
  3. Spin the wheel by hand. If rotation is restricted, remove the wheel from its housing and push firmly to remove the axle and clear any debris or hair wrapped around it.
  4. Reinstall all parts when finished. Make sure the wheel snaps back into place.

How to clean the edge sweeping brush

iRobot S9 next to a plinth on a wooden laminate floor with a female child wearing spotted leggings in the background

(Image credit: iRobot)

Simply put, this part of your robot vacuum reaches into the nooks and crannies of your floor and is perfect for tight corners and baseboards. With a few basic tools/items that you can find around the house, you can keep your sweeper in good shape.

  1. Loosen the edge sweeping brush with a coin or small screwdriver.
  2. Remove the brush.
  3. Remove all debris from the edge sweeping brush and the edge sweeping brush module post.
  4. Reinstall the edge sweeping brush.

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