Can You Wash A Roomba Filter? (Find Out Now!)

Brigid Levi
by Brigid Levi

I don’t know about you, but I despise vacuuming. Thankfully, in the effort to live like the Jetsons, someone invented the Roomba. Now we can have a hands-off approach to cleaning our house!

Just like normal vacuums, Roombas have filters and canisters that need to be cleaned periodically. This raises the question: Can you wash a Roomba filter? There is some conflicting information on this topic.

According to iRobot, Roomba filters should not be washed. Any liquid that comes in contact with it could damage the Roomba. They suggest tapping the filter or using an air compressor to remove debris.

Some sources state it’s okay to wash a Roomba filter—but only with water. And you must wait until the filter is completely dry before reinserting it.

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Reasons Not to Wash a Roomba Filter

If you think about it, washing a Roomba filter doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Water and electronics don’t mix. iRobot, the makers of Roomba, state on their website that Roomba “filters are not designed to be washed or come in contact with liquid.”

They’re assuming people would reinstall the filters before they’re totally dry. And if any liquid gets into the internal system, the Roomba could be damaged. It’s that water and electronics thing.

To play it safe, iRobot recommends an alternate cleaning method, one that’s water-free.

How to Clean and Roomba Filter

  • Locate the bin icon on your Roomba and press the bin lid release.
  • Lift out the bin and discard any debris into a trash can.
  • On the bin, there’s a door that houses the filter. Open it and remove the filter (or filters, depending on the Roomba model).
  • Tap the filter against your trash can to get rid of any debris
  • At this point, you can use an air compressor to remove any stubborn debris or to ensure a more thorough cleaning. Note: Apply the air from a safe distance to avoid damaging the filter.
  • Reinsert the filter and close the door. If the filter is inserted incorrectly, the door won’t close.
  • Replace the bin back into the Roomba.

iRobot recommends emptying the bin after every use to avoid clogging. This ensures your Roomba will run efficiently. If you notice your Roomba is losing suction, it’s likely due to a full bin.

Cleaning a Roomba Filter with Water

There are those on Team “Clean It with Water,” which is directly against what iRobot suggests. If you insist that tapping isn’t enough, you can clean the filter with water of your own free will.

But even those who say it’s okay to wash the filter give a warning: Clean the filter with water only. And let it dry completely before reinstalling it. (Remember the water and electronics thing we talked about?)

If you want to keep using your Roomba, for the love of Pete, let the filter dry!

Roomba Filter Care and Maintenance

iRobot suggests cleaning the filter (with the tapping method) once a week. If you have pets, they suggest cleaning the filter twice a week. Not only will pet hair clog the filter faster, but Roomba filters trap 99% of pet dander.

In addition to pets, you may want to clean the filter more frequently if you have children or live with multiple people. Dirt and dust are bound to collect at a faster rate in these situations.

As for filter replacement, iRobot suggests users change their filters every 2 months. It’s possible you may have to replace it sooner. This is especially true if you find it hard to empty the bin and clean the filters at the suggested frequency.

However, you may be able to get away with using the filter for longer than 2 months if you’re meticulous with your cleaning methods.

Related Questions

Do you still have questions regarding the care and use of your Roomba? You’ve come to the right place! Below are some additional questions Roomba users asked.

Can you wash a Roomba bin?

It’s okay to wash a Roomba bin, but only by hand and only after removing the filter. They are not dishwasher safe. Rather, rinse the bins using only warm water. Better yet, you might try a damp cloth to pick up any residual debris.

Why does my Roomba not pick up dirt?

As with a regular vacuum, Roombas stop picking up dirt if their brushes or filters remain improperly maintained. Brushes and filters clogged with dirt and hair can’t function correctly. Change the filter every 2 months and the brushes every 6-12 months.

Similar to the filters, the brushes require cleaning once or twice a week, depending on the dirt level produced in your home.

Is it bad to run Roomba every day?

Running your Roomba every day is perfectly fine. How often you run it depends on the dirt and dust level produced in your home. If you have pets and kids, you’ll likely run it multiple times a week.

Can a Roomba be used on carpet?

Once, long ago, Roombas were only meant for hardwood floors. They have since upped their suction game. Now, they have the ability to be used both on hardwood floors and carpets.

However, their suggested use is for short pile or deep pile carpets only. The Roomba has a tendency to snag long fibers. In addition, using a Roomba on surfaces with rugs is unadvised.

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Summing It Up

At the suggestion of Roomba’s makers, you should not wash the filter. Approved cleaning methods include tapping the filter against your trash can or blowing it with an air compressor from a safe distance.

Of course, there are contradictory instructions that say it’s safe to wash a Roomba filter with water only. If you follow this method, which isn’t recommended by iRobot, wait for the filter to dry completely. Reinserting a wet or damp filter could likely damage your Roomba.

You know where iRobot stands, and we’re more inclined to agree with the manufacturer. However, the choice is yours. Proceed with caution.

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Brigid Levi
Brigid Levi

Brigid Levi is a wife, mother, and freelance writer who enjoys a good DIY project and creating beautiful spaces within her home. From cleaning and organization hacks to home decor ideas, she loves helping people in their quest to turn a house into a home. Her hobbies include pretending to be Joanna Gaines while updating her home with her husband and performing in local theater productions.

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