Safety & Maintenance
Understand your robot vacuum before use
Before using your new Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, it is advisable to first go through the manual and understand each and every instruction. This helps you understands the different parts of the cleaner hence a platform to understanding the Robot Vacuum Maintenance and care process. If you’re uncertain about anything you should contact the manufacturer or visit their website for further clarification. These basic safety rules prevent electric fire, shock or personal injury that result from improper handling, operation or storage. Using your robot vacuum as per the manufacturers recommendations will also help ensure that you don’t run into any problems with your warranty should you require a replacement or repairs.
It is important to read through the manual before operating your robot. Operation of robot vacuuming units are generally restricted to indoors use only. Most robotic vacuum cleaners should be kept away from wet surfaces such as the bath and the laundry rooms unless stated otherwise, as these are potential places that could damage the unit or cause personal injury. It should be noted that before any operation, remove all clothes, papers and cable extension or drapes on the floor. It is risky to clean combustible or highly volatile liquids such as gasoline as the robotic cleaner generates heat that can easily ignite the these fire potential items. Close the doors during cleaning to avoid the unit from running out in case it is being used in a balcony house, staircases or stairway.
Make sure the vent is not clogged so as to avert heat that could damage the unit. Never use a damaged unit no matter what small damage it may indicate. In the event that the unit is damaged make sure the unit is checked by a professional before you use it again.
Battery maintenance and care
Only recharge the battery using voltages and currents as specified in the manual. If not sure of the power specification, please contact your National Grid power Supplier. Recharging should be done indoors and using the authorized chargers. Avoid re-using a battery whose cable or plug is damaged. Remember water is a good electric conductor and hence to avoid risks of electric shock, never touch the plug or cable using wet or moist hands. When cleaning the unit, always disconnect the battery.
When recharging the battery for the first time, do so for TWELVE HOURS to FULLY recharge. Always make sure the battery is properly installed and not interchanged. The battery needs recharging when the power indication lamp turns red but fully charged when they indicate green. Always confirm the unit is off if not recharging to allow a longer battery life.
Cleaning the Bin
For best performance in your robot vacuum cleaner it is recommended that you regularly empty and clean the dust bin. Most models allow hand washing of the bin but do so carefully as not to break or wear down the materials and ensure that it is fully dried before placing back in the unit.
Cleaning the Filter
Occasionally clean the filter by using a used tooth brush. After drying, re-assemble the filter together with the bin lid. Avoid reinstalling the filter while sill wet as this could damage the unit. The filter should be allowed to dry over night.
Cleaning the intake
The intake is an important part of the vacuum cleaner that assists in collecting dirt and dust. When repeatedly using the unit, dust can accumulate in the intake of the machine and consequently result in a decreased efficiency. Thus it is required to clean the intake periodically so as to ensure best efficiency and a constant air flow. Turn off the unit and place it bottom up on a flat surface, for example the table. Remove any hair from the intake and wipe it clean from any matter.
Always seek professional advice when you experience a malfunction with your robot vacuum cleaner. If your product requires servicing return the unit to the manufacturing company and remember to come along with the sales report as proof of purchase to the manufacturing company.
For more information you can visit HowStuffWorks.com here where they’ve put together a great guide for cleaning Roomba vacuum units.