Roomba Tips from a Roomba Owner
To Roomba or not to Roomba, that is a $375 question.
I’ve owned a Roomba for about 2 years. These Roomba tips are based on my personal experience and are not part of a paid review. These are just the things I wish I had known prior to owning my Roomba.
So who am I?
I’m the owner of two hairy dogs with no kids living at home. My rooms have multiple surfaces. I mainly have hardwood floors with rugs scattered throughout.
We got Rosie the Roomba to vacuum up our main living space and to keep up with the never ending supply of dog hair.
Rosie does not vacuum our whole house. In fact, I limit Rosie Roomba to cleaning 2 rooms every night – my kitchen and my family room – where most of the daily mess is made.
The best part of Rosie? She’s programmed to run every night. God Bless Her.
So after living with Rosie for several years, I’ve figured out some Roomba Tips I think everybody ought to know.
Roomba Tip #1 – You Will Still Need To Vacuum!
That’s probably not what you wanted to hear, is it? Believe me, I know.
I bought my Roomba under the impression I turned it on and it got my room flawlessly clean and I didn’t have to lift a finger.
Not. So. Much.
I’ve since learned that the Roomba is a great way to go longer in between vacuuming, but it is NOT going to get a room well vacuumed on it’s own.
So do I think a Roomba is still worth it? Unequivocally YES! You just need to think of your Roomba as your partner – not your replacement.
How this works:
- Vacuum your room thoroughly to get started.
2. Then program your Roomba to do a daily sweep.
If you vacuum your room, then let your Roomba run that same night, I promise you, you will be AMAZED at the amount of hair and dirt the Roomba will pick up that you missed.
This photo is what Rosie picked up AFTER I had vacuumed that morning!
The Roomba allows you to go longer in between running the vacuum yourself.
The fact that it will get under my couch and chairs so I don’t have to is reason enough for me to own a Roomba.
Roomba Tip #2 – Pick Up Before Running Your Roomba
I can not stress this enough. You need to do a 5 minute pick-up prior to running your Roomba.
There is nothing more discouraging then getting up in the morning to find your Roomba stuck on a dog toy or shoe that was left out.
If your Roomba gets stuck, you’re out of luck. It stops functioning.
Doing a nightly pick-up so my Roomba can do it’s job is not a big deal. I just clear the area of shoes, toys and whatever else is on the floor.
Oh! And always pick up any plates of dog food! There is nothing more discouraging than to find your Roomba has “eaten” your dog’s $50 a bag dog food!
The good news is, your dog will probably “help” you by eating that random piece of food if you empty your Roomba out for a picture. Thanks Wilson! He’s so helpful.
Roomba Tip #3 – Your Roomba Will Run for Hours
Having your Roomba run for hours is a good thing, right? Well…not in my book.
If you think you can run the Roomba “real quick” before company comes, you are out of luck.
Rosie the Roomba takes forever to vacuum a space. No big deal if I’m running her at night, but if I need the room vacuumed pronto – I gotta do it myself.
Roomba Tip #4 – Don’t Forget to Clean Your Roomba Filter
My filter looks brand spanking new, doesn’t it?
Then I turn it over. Seriously! How does so much dust and yuck accumulate in one day?!?!?!
I run my Roomba every night and every morning it is this dirty. Don’t be fooled. You need to clean your filter daily. Your Roomba will thank you.
Roomba Tip #5 – Never Watch Your Roomba
Watching the Roomba is the most frustrating experience. Period.
It makes absolutely no sense how it vacuums a room. It’s so random. Not to mention, it will continue to run in the same space until you want to scream.
Often times, I’ll see a piece of fuzz on the floor. Rather than pick it up, I wait to see if Rosie will.
I watch her go by it in a hundred different directions before it she will finally pick it up.
This will slowly drive you crazy.
Do you own a Roomba? What did you name her?