There is no denying that hardwood floors look amazing, and are also expensive to install. However, you can also view them as a double-edged sword, because they are so difficult to maintain; when you use mops and a bucket of water, you risk water damage, and using vacuums and harsh brooms ruins the finish by scraping the surface. However, do not get worried about this; the solution might be in the form of robot vacuum cleaners.
Vacuum cleaners make it so much easier to clean your floors in a major way, but you need to be careful with the vacuum you choose for your hardwood floor. Therefore, robot vacuums are among the best options you can use. There are reasons behind choosing the best one, and we will cover that in this article – along with the advantages and disadvantages of this option of cleaning.
First of all, do you even need a robot vacuum?
First things first – you should not think of buying a robot vacuum cleaner if you do not need one. Regardless of the advancements in technology, it remains that the traditional upright vacuum will clean much better than the automated options available, as well as giving you the option of using extra attachments to clean the tight spaces that a robot vacuum cleaner cannot. The traditional cleaner is also great when you want to clean up bigger messes as well.
However, one of the major disadvantages of upright vacuums is their weight. They are quite heavy to carry around, and they are such a hassle to set up and use when you are trying to do other things or when you are pressed for time.
In addition, robot vacuums are great when you are running a busy home, or you cannot spend time on the weekends tidying up your home because you are constantly at work. They can also help immensely in a home that has pets, since pet fur, dander and litter can be annoying to deal with on a regular basis, regardless of the surface you are dealing with.
The more you spend on the vacuum though, the more maintenance it will need (just like any other appliance), so ask yourself how much you want to spend before buying a robot vacuum. Here are some other factors to keep in mind.
The size of your house
If you are residing in an apartment, then buying a robot vacuum is likely not an investment that makes much sense, compared to someone who lives in a home that is 2000 square feet. Many robot cleaners will manage to spruce your home for an average of one and a half hours, which roughly corresponds to 500 square feet if it is cleaning thoroughly. Of course, you can also find robot vacuums that have a bigger dustbins and battery pack sizes, which allows them to clean an entire mansion without dying out.
It is also important to keep your furniture in mind, especially in terms of its size and the height it sits off the ground. The vacuum needs to fit beneath the furniture to clean the spaces under them, so if the cleaner is too high, it will not enter the spaces accordingly.
Whether you have carpets
Not all robot vacuums are the same, and not all of them will work well on the same surfaces – some will work better on carpets, while others work better on hardwood floors.
In case you happen to have both, you can get an all-surface vacuum cleaner. These are usually good for gathering clumps of hair, dust bunnies and clumps, as well as small particles that are super dense such as crumbs and small seeds. There are also others that can vacuum and mop the floor, while others are not very good at either function.
There are additionally others that only mop and are good at it, while others are only for tile and hardwood floors. Therefore, the choice you make must fit well for the surface you want to use it on.
Method you want to use for control
Many robot vacuums will have a remote control that comes with the package, and you use this to steer the cleaner around corners and crevices, as well as scheduling the device to operate at specific times every day.
In case the idea of spending slightly more does not put you off, you can also get devices that have companion mobile apps, both for Android and iOS platforms. They will allow you to control or schedule the cleaner, and observe the map it uses to clean up.
Getting a robot vacuum cleaner is not the worst idea, but you need to make sure you are ready for it and you are making the right choice. It can be a great choice for your hardwood floor, but make sure to take these other factors into consideration.