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[8 Tips] How To Make Roomba Quieter? (Infographic)

If your Roomba has become louder and it is disturbing your kids’ sleep or your leisure time watching TV, and you are wondering how to make Roomba quieter, you have landed on the right page. In this article, you will get to know 8 proven and tested tips to make Roomba quieter. 

Roomba vacuum cleaners, sometimes, can become a noise hazard if not taken good care of. A Roomba maintained well can live up to 15 years. During this time period, your Roomba will go through all kinds of mess. Whether it’s dust, dirt, pet hair, fluff, cereal threw by your kid, bumping into pet poop, running over water, cleaning carpets and tile floor alike, your Roomba has to keep up with all this mess. 

During this time period, your Roomba may get louder. The Roomba will become louder due to several reasons.

Now coming to the main question, how to make Roomba quieter? Following are some tips to relieve your ears. 

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How To Make Roomba Quieter?

1. Clean Roomba Brushes And Extractors

Buying a Roomba vacuum cleaner doesn’t make cleaning totally hands-free. While Roomba picks up all the dust, debris, and hair from your floor and carpets, it cannot clean itself. No matter how much seal-packed a Roomba is, dust and hair strands will eventually find their way into the Roomba. 

If you are using one of the newer models of Roomba that has rubber extractors, they get clogged with hair, especially the axles of the extractors. Extractors are easier to clean as compared to bristle brushes. Take out the extractors by unscrewing the cleaning head module and clean them along with their axles. 

If you are using an older version of Roomba that uses bristle brushes to pick up dirt, the brushes easily get clogged with dust, hair, and fluff. A clogged-up brush not only makes more noise but will also reduce the amount of dust it picks up. 

Unclogging the brush and removing all the dust, fluff, and hair strands from it and the brush bearing and axles will surely make Roomba quieter and will lessen its burden. 

Keeping your Roomba clean will also ensure that the battery stays in a good health. 

Roomba brush must be replaced atleast once a year to keep your Roomba just like new and make it live longer

2. Clean Roomba Filters

Filters do the tough work of trapping all the dust particles and allergens and making sure that they don’t escape back into the atmosphere. Clean filters not only make Roomba quieter but also help in keeping allergies away. 

If filters are not cleaned properly, they cause obstruction in the vacuuming. This will not only reduce Roomba’s performance but will also make Roomba louder as it has to use more power to suck the dust and debris.

For better performance, Roomba filters need to be cleaned after every use and should be replaced after every 2 months

Some Roomba models come with washable filters. Read the model description for more information. 

3. Clean And Lubricate Roomba Wheels

Roomba wheels are located right next to the brush or extractor heads. Even though the Roomba is not on a cleaning mission, if it is moving, its wheels are working. So, wheels do most of the work and are more prone to getting clogged with fluff and hair strands.

Your Roomba might be making scratchy sounds because of the clogged wheels or the wheels might be making friction due to a lack of lubrication. Clogged wheels might also make your robot vacuum cleaner go in circles

To solve this problem and to make Roomba quieter, you should clean the Roomba wheels and axles and remove every hair strand, fluff and dust from them.

Watch following video for a genius tip to clean the Roomba wheels without taking them out. 

Next, you should put some lubrication on the wheel axles as well. Lubricating the wheels will make your Roomba run smoother and with much less noise. 

One thing that should be taken care of is the type of lube to use. Only dry lube should be used for Roomba wheels. A dry lube, one that gets dry immediately after application and leaves a teflon or graphite layer behind, will keep things clean. Otherwise, wet lube will drip down on the wheels and will spread the mess wherever the Roomba moves. 

If you don’t know how to take out the wheels of your Roomba to apply the lube, you can lube your Roomba wheels from outside as well. 

There is a small hole on the outer side of the Roomba wheel. You can spray some dry lube from there and it will reach the axle of the wheel without opening them. 

Make sure not to apply the lube on the wheels. Use a straw on the spray head to pinpoint the lubrication and apply a gentle spray to avoid spreading the lube all over the wheel.

4. Make Sure Every Roomba Part Is Fixed Properly

Roomba is a combination of small parts. These parts might get loosened up with time. This can happen because the Roomba bumps into furniture, walls, and other obstacles to map your house.

Another reason for the Roomba parts getting loosened up is an improper fixation of the parts by you as well. A cleaning head module might not be fixed properly after cleaning or the dust bin might be hanging from its lock. The battery might not be fixed properly. If the battery connectors are not properly aligned with the Roomba, your Roomba will start making noise. A battery not fixed properly will also create issues in charging

Loosened-up parts will rattle during the operation and will make the cleaning operation louder. So, make sure all the parts, brush, extractors, the cleaning head module, filters, dust bin, etc. are in place and fixed properly to make Roomba quieter. 

5. Declutter Your Floor Before Using Roomba

declutter your floor

It is always a good idea to first declutter your floor before sending your Roomba on a cleaning mission. Although Roomba vacuum cleaners have sensors to avoid furniture, stairs, and other obstacles, picking up kids’ toys, dominos, pairs of socks, and other household items from the floor will definitely make life easier for your Roomba. 

While Roomba vacuum cleaners can pick up small debris like cereals, they are not made to pick up larger debris. If your Roomba picks up larger debris that it is not made to pick up, it might damage the cleaning head and might make your Roomba louder.

6. Enable “Quiet Drive” Mode

“Quiet Drive” is a new feature introduced by iRobot in the newer models of Roomba vacuum cleaners. While the “quiet drive” feature is enabled, the brush and vacuum will be turned off. 

This mode makes Roomba quieter when it is moving to a specific area to clean or returning to the Homebase after cleaning. 

During this mode, only the wheels and the side brush of the Roomba will keep moving while the cleaning function is stopped, making it quieter. 

7. Enable “Quiet Clean” Mode

One way to make Roomba quieter is simply to put it in “Quiet Clean” mode. When your Roomba is set on the “Quiet Clean” mode, it will use less power, make less vacuum, and will run longer without needing to recharge the battery. 

“Quiet Clean” mode comes in handy when there is not a huge mess to pick up. Roomba performance will not be as thorough as in the detailed cleaning mode, but the Roomba will be quieter. 

To enable “Quiet Clean” mode, do the following steps:

    1. Connect your Roomba with the Wi-Fi 
    2. Open the iRobot Home App
    3. Go to “Settings”
    4. Open “Clean Preferences”
    5. Enable “Quiet Clean” mode

8. Carpet Your Floors

roomba makes less noise on carpet as compared to hardwood

Roomba vacuum cleaners make more noise on hard floors like hardwood, vinyl, ceramic, and tiles as compared to carpets. The obvious reason is that the carpets absorb most of the noise while hard floors don’t. So it is a good idea to carpet your floors to make Roomba quieter.