The Roomba Robot Vacuum For Pets
These little robot vacuums from iRobot are pretty amazing. The amount of hair, dirt, dust and dander they pick up blows me away every time I dump out the bin. More importantly, however, is the amount of time we save compared to normal vacuuming duties (one of my jobs around the house). You can either program these pet friendly robot vacuums to go out at a specified time and come back to the charging station when the battery depletes itself. Or send it out with the touch of a button.
The Roomba In Use With Dogs
Due to my irregular schedule, I prefer to manually run the Roomba when I choose rather than a scheduled time. I just tap the start button as my dog and I head to the dog park, so upon our return the floors are clean and the Roomba has returned to the charger. Cleaning up after our shedding dog could not be easier.
Roomba Vs. The Normal Vacuum
Normally, it would take an hour to vacuum the dog hair from the floors of our condo. In order to live without hair sticking to everything, we need to clean the floors 2-3 times a week. Still, we would live with the dog’s fur on the floor during the in-between days. With the Roomba robot vacuum it takes about five minutes to move the chairs from around the table, pick up shoes and dog toys, before the Roomba begins cleaning up after the dog. I recommend that you watch the Roomba work the first couple of times to identify the objects that cause obstruction.
Roomba vs. Living Room Area Rugs
On alternate days, I flip the edges of the living room area rug up to let the Roomba get the hair that seems to work under the first foot of carpet. I also push the couch back a foot or two as there is always a nice collection of hair there as well. If our couch was just an inch higher, the Roomba would go right underneath. The first time we went under our couch we found the equivalent of a full cow skeleton.
Amazon has a great selection of “Roombas & Accessories”.
One of the best features of the Roomba Robot Vacuum is it’s ability to go under furniture beds and around the edges of the kitchen. It is sometimes shocking how much hair, fur, dirt from outside and bits of food this vacuum will find.
Roomba vs. Harwood Floors
We have, as I imagine most dog owners do, hardwood floors, at least in the main living areas. Actually, we have a white dog with dark hardwood floors, which show every bit of his hair. On the hardwood floors, the Roomba absolutely excels in collecting all of his hair, dust and usual bits of treats found on floors.
Roomba vs. Carpets
We have white wool carpeting in our bedroom which is a magnet for not just hair . I would say it offers a job well-done, as others who live in our building have commented on the difficulty of removing lint/dust bunnies from the same carpet with their regular vacuums. Regardless, with the first few cleaning runs in the bedroom , I was amazed with the amount of hair, dust and dander that must have come from beneath the bed and dressers. The amount of fine dust these vacuums collect is pretty amazing as well.
Overall, the Roomba far exceeded my expectations. It is not perfect – sometimes it will miss a spot. I tend to miss spots with the regular vacuum, so who am I to criticize? Where the Roomba excels is in keeping your home looking good between major cleanings.
Conversations with other dog owners who have the Roomba Pet Series Vacuum, especially owners with long-haired dogs have been positive as well. I should note that owners of long-haired dogs should take an extra moment to clean the beater brush every so often. Once a month, I use a set of scissors and cut my wife’s long hair from the roller brush.
Scooba the Robot Mop
I also met a few dog owners who have the Scooba Floor Washing Robot in addition to the Roomba. The Scooba has a small reservoir of cleaning solution and a small tank to collect dirty water. The Scooba is a lifesaver for people with dogs who slobber, drool, make a mess while drinking or leave wet footprints.
What I like most about the Roomba is how quick and easy it is to use, the fact that the dog is not bothered by it (he is afraid of the big vacuum) and how well it cleans beneath furniture. I spend far less time tending to our floors and they are much more clean than before.