One week with the Roomba

It’s been a week of Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! taking care of the floors and I can say that it has never been so clean under my bed.  Under the couch is probably looking good too.

Rudy takes a long time to do his job. He’s supposed to run for an hour and then return home, but most days he runs for an hour, I get a notification he’s done and then he runs for another 45-60 minutes.  I don’t love this.

I have to do about 5-10 minutes of prep work for Rudy.  Here you see the most extreme version.  He tends to get caught on the Ikea chair, though–report from the future–in about another week I will realize I can prop the back legs of the chair up on 1-cup mason jars and he will be fine.

Reading all the reviews on Amazon, I was worried he wouldn’t clean this carpet.  The sensor that keeps him from falling down stairs might have interpreted this as a void, but he is not deterred.

Antares mostly still hides while Rudy is doing his cleaning, but Sentinel will sometimes keep an eye on the vacuuming process.

And Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! still spends a goodly amount of time trying to figure out how to get out from under chairs.

While I am not completely in love with the robot vacuum cleaner itself, I do like the clean floors.  Perhaps my affection will grow.

2 thoughts on “One week with the Roomba”


    Right now I need to vacuum the living room, but don’t want to, so that makes me a bit jelly of your Rudy. Even though he is still settling in to his work, clean floors sound divine.

    1. Yeah. I’m spending more time prepping for Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!’s cleaning than I ever spent sweeping. But the upside is my floors are very, very clean. And under the couch is always clean, which is great, because we tend to move the couch around a lot. And under the bed is clean, which is great because I never got the dust bunnies out from under there and they were not out of sight, they were in sight, in mind.

      One down side is the disturbing state of the floors was a big motivator for doing the big weekly clean. Now I don’t have that motivation source so we’re going longer between whole-house cleans. So I’m working on fashioning the next motivation source.

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