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Why didn't I buy this earlier in my life!
on January 4, 2008
I have two boys with friends and four large dogs that come in and out of the house leaving hair and fine dirt in their path. Now with iRobot Roomba 580, I have a meticulous cleaning service at the tip of my fingers. The potable remote control activates the cleaning service and the task scheduler allows one routine cleaning per day. I continue to be amazed at how much dirt and hair it picks-up even though we run it once a day. Thanks to iRobot, I have a cleaning partner who never complains and won't stop until the job is done!
~~~ HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS TOY
~ 1. First time(s) you run it, you will probably run it several times and watch it zoom under and around furniture. CAUTION: listen for the distress beep, to correct the problems when it gets stuck. Once corrected, the problem is eliminated.
Ex: Threads hanging under your furniture or bed, height of some appliances or furniture, electrical cords etc...
~ 2. If you have animals, run it several times a day while you are present to show them it's OK. We don't want them to consider it the enemy because it will poke them out of the way when it's vacuuming.
~ 3. If it is having difficulty docking...train it. Using the remote, start it from the docking station by pressing the "Clean" button to start it, press "Clean" again to stop it, then press "Dock" to resend it to the docking station. The second time, remove it from the docking station; place it several feet away from the station, pointing the raised button towards the station, press the "Clean", button then "Dock" button. It will automatically dock within 30 seconds, even if it does not go directly to the docking station.
~ 4. If you lose it...and you will lose it until you completely rid your home of obstacles listed in No. 1, press the "Clean" button, on the remote, to activate the beeper. Follow the sound!
~ 5. If the "Clean" button turns "RED"...it's running out of energy. Press the "Clean" button to stop it. Place it several feet in front of the docking station, pointing the raised button in the same direction as the station. Use the remote or the top of the machine to resend it to docking station by pressing "Clean" and "Dock" buttons. Use it again when it flashes a GREEN "Clean" button.
~ 6. Be nice and clean it after each use...it takes less than a minute. I always clean my machine, including the filter, after each use. I also pull the hair off the brushes. Make sure you close the brush cage well. I usually pull it up from the bars to check if it's closed properly. Improperly closed cage will generate dust bunnies under the machine instead of inside the container. It will happen to you at least once... Once a month, I clean the front black and white wheel by pulling it straight up like you would rollers on a desk.
~ 1. You can set your schedule for each day and forget it.
~ 2. The vacuum is as loud as a hair dryer set on low except that you don't have to have it around your head while it does it's job.
~~~ CONS (according to my kids):
~ 1. Vacuuming is no longer part of their weekly allowance...it's been replaced by mopping.
~ 2. The docking station moves around on wooden floors which prevents the machine from docking properly 100% of the time. I corrected the problem by placing a rubber mat under the docking station. Now it has friction that prevents it from moving around.
Buy the package with the most supplies (filters, brushes, corner broom) and find the best price on line using a coupon...it's worth the money. I received the following items in my package;
~ Wireless Command Center
~ On-board Scheduling
~ Self-charging Home Base
~ 3 Virtual Wall® Lighthouses
~ Silver Faceplate
~ 11 Brushes
~ 7 Filters
Listed below are the approx prices for supplies you may need depending on the model you purchase...you do the math!
~ Wireless Command Center $59.99
~ Virtual Wall® Lighthouse $39.99
~ Brush Cleaning Tool $5.99
~ Filter 3-pack $19.99 (2 pkgs)
~ Bristle Brush 3-pack $39.99
~ Flexible Brushes 3-pack $19.99
~ Side Brush 3-pack $14.99
~ Self-charging Home Base $69.99
Remember to register your machine on the irobot site to get access to their help files and participate in their blog to gain valuable information or experiences from other users. That's how I found out how to clean the front wheel!
I have my iRobot hidden under a chair and I keep the remote on the coffee table.