How to Prevent Roomba from Getting under Cabinet

There are many vacuum cleaners available in the market, some of which are designed to clean your floors and others because they promise you a better user experience. iRobot leads the way in this department, with models including their Roomba that do a superior job of vacuuming hard surfaces like vinyl planks and tiles, showers, marble, and carpets just to name a few. One tricky business when it comes to operating one of these machines is that sometimes, this device starts moving toward an area or corner where it can run into a wall or touch base with something fixed firmly to the floor – stopping its progress abruptly without any clear reason. In this guide, we have come up with a few tricks on how to prevent Roomba from getting stuck under cabinets.

iRobot is one of the top robot vacuum brands in the consumer market. They have a wide range of smart vacuums that are primed to deal with a lot of different household cleaning tasks, and they can be an excellent partner when it comes to keeping our homes spotless with minimal effort on our part. However, you’ve probably experienced some frustration with your iRobot product when they haven’t performed as expected. From cleaning run termination issues to Bluetooth connectivity issues.

How to prevent Roomba from getting stuck under cabinets.

The best solution for preventing your Roomba from getting stuck under your cabinet will depend on the root cause of the issue. If you notice your Roomba starts to get stuck underneath any furniture or appliances, there are a few ways you can remedy the problem. Some key solutions people suggest include:

Oversee your Roomba

You can watch your Roomba while it cleans the kitchen or any other room of the house. When it gets stuck, help get them unstuck and then proceed with the cleaning.

This hack defeats the whole idea of automated cleaning and it is the main reason you bought the iRobot. But it will also make sure that your Roomba finishes cleaning in rest of the rooms much faster.

You can in fact choose between the manual cleaning and automatic options on your Roomba depending on what setting is best for a particular room. You’ll have to first get the iRobot IR remote control in order to operate it, however, as there aren’t any directional buttons available on the mobile app.

You should remember, that iRobot generally ships its Roomba vacuums with the Home (compatible iOS and Android) app pre-installed as the main control system. Since it’s not a remote, you will have to purchase that separately from your pocket.

Set up iRobot Virtual Wall

Instead of following your Roomba around the house, you can set up an iRobot virtual wall barrier along with a cabinet to get out of the way of your Roomba.

The accessory, of course, is primarily for restricting where your robot vacuum goes. There’s usually a beam of light that prevents the machine from crossing over if you need to restrict it to certain areas. Similarly, they are effective when you want to cut off access to the toe-kick space where it tends to get stuck as not all models are fitted with powerful suction or bristles underneath.

If you prefer to keep your Roomba off the cabinet space of your home, I’d recommend that you set up one of the virtual walls using its Halo Mode. With this function enabled, the device will create a protective wall barrier in a hemispherical shape around itself and follow it accordingly.

Secondly, in the regular ‘Virtual Wall’ mode, the barrier beam usually takes a cone shape that gets wider as you get farther away from its source. With this kind of cleaning system, dirt and other grime tend to fall through the gaps between disks. So after a while, there might be a lot of floor space outside your cabinets left uncleaned.

Enable the iRobot Keep out Zones

You don’t need to have an extra Virtual Wall if you have a J- or S9-series robot vacuum.

iRobot designed the Roomba specifically with a mapping technology that keeps an inventory of rooms. You can also use customizable keep-out zones to set up areas where you’d like the robot to stay away, such as toe-kick areas which are those parts of cabinets where the robot tends to get stuck.

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Make the Bumper a Bit Taller

A taller bumper also does the trick. You can make the bumper of your Roomba vacuum a bit taller to prevent it from getting stuck under cabinets.

One of the best ways you can prevent this is by installing two 3M Command Plastic Hooks at the top of your machine. Place them on top of the service tray and on either side above the bumper where they will stop it before it bumps into something.

If you don’t have the plastic hooks, you could use some glue to stick plastic bottle caps on. The hack will also create two little horns on the bumper and when you vacuum over fabric or cords, but then it will wedge itself under your furniture again.

Remember any modification will void your warranty support! This means you may have to pay for replacements that are damaged or lost if things go awry so make sure you keep this in mind and always be careful when doing some DIY repair on your robot vacuum cleaner.

Also, the additional height could prevent the vacuum from going underneath large objects. This could be frustrating if objects are placed that high, therefore prompting you to find another way to clean up the area or else try a different hack entirely.

Lower the Cabinets Toekick a little down

One idea to help Roomba navigate its way around the couches in a room more effectively is to put rubber bumpers on the furniture legs, wedging them between the couch and the carpet underneath. When the robot detects a bumper, it turns back around and tries another route.

A similar approach could also help prevent your Roomba from getting wedged under furniture. Instead of using rubber feet, attach a piece of double-sided tape along the toe kick to make it impossible for the Roomba to slip in that direction again.

Raise the Cabinet Toekick a little Up

Making use of furniture risers is an incredible strategy in order to prevent Roomba and other robot vacuums from getting stuck under couches or coffee tables. And since you’re expanding the area beneath, the machine will not only have enough space to do a thorough cleaning of your whole house but will also be able to mop up all kinds of debris that might otherwise get trapped in crevices

Unfortunately, it’s usually impossible to raise the toe kicks on most cabinets. Sometimes these cabinets have casings that won’t allow them to be raised without modifying them extensively or harming their functionality. This can make it difficult to create more storage space beneath cabinets where the toe-kicks are located.

Keeping the Room Well Lighted

Roomba vacuums have a built-in camera. These cameras along with the accompanying software will be able to display a local version of their environment in real-time. This means that these models can wander around on their own and clean rooms where the local visual environment is being rendered in real-time to show you what they see as they do so.

The Roomba works well without ambient light, so if your home has dimly lit rooms or you don’t mind having it run in the middle of the night, that’s great! However, if you want to keep your floors spotless and clear of any obstacles like messes or other household items, you’ll need to make sure the home is brightly lit before letting the device loose.

Clearing Obstacles

Hey, your Roomba isn’t a mind reader! No matter what we say, it won’t know whether you have things laying around on the floor that need to be vacuumed up or if there is something blocking its way through the room. We recommend putting anything you don’t want to be getting sucked up into a box and placing it in another room that you can designate as ‘off-limits’ to your Roomba. Trust us – once you do this, your floors will be clean in no time at all.

Your Roomba will help you effectively clean the surfaces, including any laminate floors. If not, make sure to use flat-bottomed products, such as shoe boxes or containers designed for recycling. Shoes and tech accessories will also be all over the place if you don’t keep them out of sight. As for your fridge, remove crumbs from frequently used plates and keep unnecessary items hidden away in cupboards.

Final Thoughts on How to Prevent Roomba from Getting Stuck Under Cabinet

There are a few different ways that you can prevent your Roomba from getting caught in the crevices of other pieces of furniture. For example: either try to keep one side of the object facing away from the front of your Roomba, or move the other objects out of the way if possible and don’t keep them against walls. If all else fails, you can even use tape or rubber bands to firmly secure both ends of an item so it cannot roll back into place when your Roomba gets close enough to move past it.

Here’s how the Roomba robot can overcome obstacles. Configuring Roomba to avoid your light furniture and installing custom virtual barriers on walls and corners will enable it to steer clear of potential dangers and are the best hacks to prevent Roomba from getting stuck under cabinets.

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