Dear Home-Ec 101,
I can get a new Roomba 530 for a great post-Christmas price. In my rental place, we have vertical blinds. I was worried how the machine would cope with those. I have tiles all through except the bedrooms that have thick, soft carpet. Your advice is appreciated.
I want a robot minion
I have way more affection than is healthy for my Roomba; I love that stupid thing. I went so far as to name my robot minion Gertie and from what I can tell, I am not the exception to the rule when it comes to anthropomorphism and Roombas.
It could also be that I just have weird friends. (Amy, Jim, Eugene. . .)
Here’s my initial experience with a Roomba 530. I did some searching today and found a blogger who has vertical blinds and included them in her Roomba experience. The short version of her story is that the blinds were pretty much a non-issue.
As long as you enter your Roomba experience with the expectation that the Roomba is for maintenance rather than deep cleaning, I think you will enjoy the appliance.
If you expect the Roomba to completely eliminate your need to vacuum, you will be disappointed.
Before running your Roomba, you’ll need to do a quick pick up. In my house I have the kids scatter and pick up anything that could “choke the robot.” I also tilt the couch up on end as it is the perfect height to trap the robot which is neither the couch nor the Roomba’s fault and it’s just a part of the routine. With three kids and a dog, I find a daily Roomba’ing necessary or there will be so much dirt the vacuum can’t keep up. If your apartment isn’t ground level, you may find that you’ll need to use your vacuum far less often.
Home-Eccers, do you agree or has your experience been different?
Submit your questions to email@example.com.