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How to keep robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture? (Infographic)

If your robot vacuum cleaner is getting stuck under the furniture every now and then and you are wondering how to keep robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture, and if your Roomba, Botvac, Eufy or Roborock bumper keeps getting stuck, go no further. After reading this complete article, you will know all the tricks and DIY robot vacuum hacks on how to prevent your robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture and most importantly, why a robot vacuum gets stuck under furniture and other places in the first place. 

how to keep robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture

Robot vacuum cleaners are a marvel invention of modern times. These are set-and-forget machines that will do the tiring cleaning work for you. 

These advanced electronic devices do their work autonomously while saving you time and effort. Robot vacuums, Roombas, Roborock, RoboVac, Deebot, or Ecovacs, do all the cleaning chores on their own. They pick up dust, debris, pet hair, crumbs, and all the mess from your floors while you spend your time with your loved ones or do other stuff. 

Despite all these positive features, robot vacuums can become troublesome at times. Sometimes robot vacuum cleaners will start cleaning the same area or start a circle dance. Sometimes these hassle-free robots will make you do the agonizing task of bending over and pulling them out from under the furniture when they get stuck there. Yes, getting robot vacuums out from under the furniture is a royal pain, especially when they decide to reach the innermost corner under the couch. 

Sometimes you might start thinking, I didn’t buy a robot vacuum cleaner to keep pulling it out from under the furniture every other day. But worry not. Below I have listed all the tricks and DIY hacks with which you can keep the robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture. 

How to keep robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture?

Following are some tricks and DIY hacks on how to keep robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture. 

Click on the following image to view the infographic for a visualized way to know all the tips and DIY hacks to keep your robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture. 

Read along for a detailed overview of each step. 

1. Use Furniture Risers

While the latest models of robot vacuums are sleek in design, most robot vacuums are up to 3.8 inches or 9.65 cm high from the ground. This requires a good amount of height under the furniture for robot vacuums to easily find their way and don’t get stuck

If your furniture has a low elevation, your robot vacuum will get stuck trying to go under it. So, how to keep your robot vacuum cleaners from getting stuck?

One of the easiest and most economical ways to keep robot vacuums from getting stuck under furniture is to use furniture risers under the legs of your furniture. Whether it is your couch, table, or bed, the furniture risers will give enough space under the furniture for your Roomba to navigate conveniently without getting stuck and picking up all the dust, hair, and debris.

Furniture risers are available in different sizes from 1-inch up to 8-inch and are easily available from any nearby hardware shop at a cheap price. They are available in different materials as well – rubber, aluminum, or wood – whichever suits your preferences. 

These risers make enough space under the furniture that gives adequate room for a robot vacuum to easily go under the furniture, do the cleaning and find its way back. These furniture risers are self-adhesive and non-slippery. Look for rubber cushions on the bottom of the furniture risers when buying them. This will ensure that these risers will not scratch your hard floors – vinyl, tile, or hardwood. 

2. Use Bumper Extenders

A bumper extender is a cone-shaped rubber that can be glued or screwed on the front end of the bumper of a Roomba or any other robot vacuum. After this bumper extender DIY hack is applied, these bumper extenders will bump into the furniture base and the robot vacuum will change its direction instead of trying to go under the furniture and get stuck. This will keep your Roomba bumper from getting stuck under furniture. 

3. Use 3M Hooks

Another way to keep robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture is to use 3M hooks. This got to be one of the most genius DIY hacks of 3M hooks out there. 

Take 2 3M hooks and glue them on the bumper of your robot vacuum on each side pointing backward. Whenever your robot vacuum is near a piece of low elevated furniture, couch, sofa, or bed, these hooks will bump into your furniture and the robot vacuum will change its path. 

4. Use Pool Noodles

Robot vacuums are usually made to deal with low to medium-pile carpets. If you have high pile carpets and plush rugs with long tassels or fringes in the area your robot vacuum has to clean, your robot vacuum might get stuck on these carpets. This is the reason you might want to restrict your robot vacuum from getting onto the carpet and rug. 

This can be done using pool noodles. Make a cut on one side of the pool noodle and stick them on the side of the carpets. Glue multiple pool noodles together to cover all sides of the carpet and rug. This will make a barrier for a robot vacuum. Once your robot vacuum bumps into the pool noodle, it will back off and change its direction at an angle. This will keep your Roomba robot vacuum cleaner from getting stuck on the carpet.

5. Buy Elevated Furniture

buy elevated furniture to keep robot vacuum from getting stuck under

One way to keep the robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture is to buy elevated furniture, couch, and bedding. This method is applicable when you have to buy a new piece of furniture or replace an old one. The main idea here is the same – to provide enough space for a robot vacuum cleaner under the couch or bed so that it won’t stuck. 

6. Restrict Access

“Prevention is better than cure”. 

So, instead of keeping your robot vacuum cleaner from getting stuck under furniture, you should first try to stop your Roomba from going under the furniture in the first place.  

One way to stop your Roomba from going under the couch is simply to restrict access to Roomba. This can either be done physically or virtually. 

Physically, you can put cardboard or some other barrier that would close the gap between the furniture and the ground. This way robot vacuum will bump into that barrier and will change its direction instead of trying to go under and get stuck. 

Virtually, you can restrict the furniture area through the mobile application. Open the map of your house that the robot vacuum has carved out and draw the area you want to restrict your robot vacuum and it won’t go there anymore. 

Another virtual way is to place a virtual wall under the furniture. This will also restrict Roomba from getting into the danger zone.  

7. Remove Thick Rugs And Carpets

remove thick and high pile carpets before robot vacuum cleaning session to keep it from getting stuck

Plush, lavish area rugs and carpets with high and dense pile are surely the most comfortable thing to walk on. While some robot vacuums can clean high-pile carpets, if your carpet or rug has stringy trims or tassels, your robot vacuum will keep getting tangled into those tassels. Robot vacuums will get stuck on these high-pile carpets during cleaning. 

The best way to keep your Roomba from getting stuck on the rugs or carpets is to either remove these high pile carpets before the robot vacuum starts cleaning or block off the area either by placing any physical barrier or by restricting through a mobile application. 

Using pool noodles, described above, will come in handy for keeping your Roomba away from rugs and carpets if you don’t want to move them. 

8. Place The Dock At A Central Place.

Robot vacuum manufacturers call the dock a Homebase. And this has a reason. The Homebase does much more than just charge the robot vacuum. It also directs the robot vacuum around the house and guides it through signals. This is the reason the Homebase should be placed at a central location in the house. If the robot vacuum gets far away from the Homebase, it will lose the signals and might get stuck. 

If the Homebase has any clutter around it, whether household items or cables, the robot vacuum will get tangled and get stuck. So, the Homebase should have enough space around it. This will also make it easier for the robot vacuum to dock. 

9. Prepare The Area For Your Robot Vacuum

One way to keep the robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture is to prepare the cleaning area before the robot vacuum starts the cleaning chore. 

This is especially applicable to the dining table and chairs. This is a very common piece of furniture where the robot vacuum might get stuck. Even if you have a small dining table with only four chairs, your robot vacuum cleaner will still find it very difficult to navigate through twenty wooden legs (four for each chair and the table). And if the chair’s legs are interlinked with each other, this will create more hassle for your robot vacuum. It will get stuck or will keep spinning in the same area

So, the best way to keep your robot vacuum from getting stuck under the dining table is to pick up the chair and put them on the dining table upside down before the robot vacuum starts cleaning that area. This will allow your robot vacuum to navigate through the dining table easily without getting stuck. 

10. keep Lights On

You must be wondering, why robots need light. Well, that’s what I thought when I first came to know about this fact. The reason for this is that most robot vacuums have optical sensors installed in them for navigation. 

Optical sensors use light to detect things, they work best when there is some light around them. So to keep your robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture and bumping into obstacles during the cleaning session, it is advisable to keep at least some light on even if there is no one at home.  

Why does a robot vacuum get stuck?

A robot vacuum has sensors that guide it through most of the obstacles and hurdles while cleaning. Most robot vacuums can even avoid stairs and find their way under fairly high furniture. But problems arise with low-lying furniture. Most robot vacuum cleaners get stuck under furniture and stop working. Other issues that can cause your robot vacuum to get stuck and give up are listed below. 

1. Clogged Brush Or Wheels

Dust, dirt, pet hair, and fluff get stuck in the brush, bearings, and wheels of a robot vacuum. If you don’t clean your robot vacuum, pet hair and fluff can clog its brush and wheel. Clogged brush and wheels will make the robot vacuum cleaner louder or stop working every now and then. 

So, to keep your robot vacuums last longer, you must clean them at least once a week.

2. Computer Cables And Other Wires

robot vacuum getting stuck in cables and wires

Robot vacuums have sensors that guide them through obstacles and stairs. But these robots are not that sophisticated to find their way through tangled cables and wires lying on the floor. 

For your robot vacuum to do its job with ease without getting stuck, you should place your computer cables and other wires in an organized way preferably along the walls to give your robot vacuum a clear area to clean. 

3. Clutter On Floor

clutter on the floor

Your robot vacuum will get stuck if your floor is cluttered with household items. This is a common problem if you have kids in your house. Kids’ toys on the floor will make a zig-zag maze for your robot vacuum which it might not like and give up while trying to avoid all the hurdles. Clothes lying on the floor might get stuck in the wheels or the brush of the robot vacuum, forcing it to stop. 

So, it is advisable to first declutter your floor, and remove all the stuff, before letting your robot vacuum do the cleaning chore. This will make life easier for your robot vacuum. 

 

So which of the method worked for you in keeping your robot vacuum cleaner from getting stuck under furniture? Or have you found any other DIY hack for this purpose? Please take a moment a share your thoughts with us by commenting below.