Do Roombas Work On Hardwood Floors?

The short answer is yes, roombas do work on hardwood floors. However, you will need to make sure that you get a modal that is suited for this kind of work.

There are some models that you will need to avoid if you specifically need your roomba to clean hardwood floors. In this article we are going to talk about everything you need to know about roombas and what you need to know about using them to clean hardwood floors. So, without further ado, let us get started!

Roomba Or Vacuum

Before we talk about what roomba is best suited to hardwood flooring we need to consider whether a roomba or a vacuum cleaner is ideal for you.

If you would like to save half an hour of your day instead of vacuuming it might be better to get a roomba so you can put your time to better use. This is one of the biggest reasons you should consider getting a roomba. However, speaking from personal experience.

As a pet owner, it can be a time-consuming process to keep your home hair free at all times.  Having a roomba to clean your floors means you can vacuum your carpet more often, and likely more efficiently. So, if you need to keep your house clean and do not have the time to vacuum daily we recommend that you get a roomba. 

Carpets, Hardwood, Or Both?

If you are getting a roomba you need to have an idea of whether you want to use it for hardwood flooring, carpets or both. It would be a mistake to purchase a roomba without considering what kind of flooring you intend for it to clean.

Because of this you need to purchase a model that will continue to work even when it switches from carpet to hardwood flooring.

A roomba that is designed for carpets will have a stronger power output than a hardwood roomba and one that is suited for both types of flooring will change the power output when it senses a change in the type of flooring. 

What To Look For In A Roomba For Hardwood Floors?

If you choose a roomba with the wrong features you run the risk of damaging your hardwood floors. So, what do you need to look out for when you are looking for a roomba that will be used for cleaning hardwood floors? Let’s explore that thought, shall we? 

Typical Rolling Blades

If you get a roomba with rolling brushes you essentially have a device that is designed to lift hair, dirt, debris and any other nasty stuff that you might find in a dirty carpet.

Hardwood floors do not really have this issue and because of this brushes will more than likely just scratch the wood. A roomba that is designed for hardwood floor use will have brushes but also sensors that will be able to detect whether the roomba is going from floor to carpet.

As this happens your vacuum will vary the intensity of the brushes to suit the surface that the roomba is cleaning. 

Sufficient Padding

Roombas can cause scratches, digs or other types of damage to your floors if it does not have sufficient padding. So when you are looking for a roomba that will work well on hardwood floors and damage it then you should make sure that there is sufficient padding.

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But take note that when you get a roomba with padding you will need to make sure that the underside of the padding so that any dirt that is stuck there can be removed as this can make the padding ineffective. 

Compact And Lightweight Roombas

A roomba that is lightweight will be less likely to apply too much pressure to the floor while it is cleaning. This is especially important for waxed hardwood floors. They are also much easier to carry around than a regular roomba.

By not applying a great deal of pressure to the floor, a roomba that is lightweight will be less likely to cause damage like scratches or scuffs to the floor. 

What Roombas Are Suited To Hardwood Flooring? 

Below are a few products that are suited to cleaning hardwood flooring or both carpet flooring and hardwood flooring. So, without further ado, let us take a look. 

Bagotte Store – Four In One Carpet And Hard Floor Roomba

If you are looking for a roomba that will be able to vacuum, mop and clean just about any dirt. This is the ideal product for you. On top of that, this roomba is designed to clean on multiple surfaces and change the power output as it detects a different surface.  

iRobot Store – Alexa Compatible Multi Surface Roomba

This roomba is great for multiple surfaces, so it should be able to easily clean carpet and hardwood flooring with ease. What makes this product unique is the fact that it can link with Alexa so you can control it with your voice. 

Dreametech Store – Hardwood And Carpet Roomba

This roomba is ideal for hardwood and carpet flooring, on top of that it is ideal for those of you that own a pet. The strong suction makes it ideal for various floor types and to get rid of any pet hair and danger with ease. 

Final Thoughts 

So, to sum up everything, yes, roombas can clean hardwood floors. But you need to make sure that the model you get is suited to cleaning hardwood floors.

This is because a roomba that is designed for carpet cleaning alone will have a stronger suction which would damage the floor by scratching or scuffing it. So, make sure that your roomba is designed to clean multiple surfaces. 

We hope that you have enjoyed reading about whether roombas can work on hardwood floors. Just make sure to do your research and find a product that will be able to detect different types of flooring so that the power output can be adjusted. We hope you have a fantastic day and we will see you next time!

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