How to Clean Roomba Brushes?

Two brushes are used in a Roomba: the main rollers and the side brush. These brushes can become dirty and neglected over time. This reduces the effectiveness of a Roomba. iRobot recommends that brushes be cleaned once and twice weekly if you have pets. Here are some tips for cleaning Roomba brushes.

We get asked this question a lot. The first time you clean the room brushes, it can seem not very easy. It’s not difficult once you learn how to do it.

The brushes must interact directly with dirt and debris. The bushes are located just below the internal dust cup and tend to be the dirtiest part of a Roomba. iRobot recommends that brushes be cleaned at least once a week. You may have to do it more often if you have pets who shed their hair frequently.

Open the brush guard.

First, place your Roomba upside down on a flat surface.

Now you should see two small cylindrical brushes with bristles and one with rubber flaps. These Roomba brushes are held in place by a guard. To remove the guard, pull the yellow levers back.

Take out the brushes.

You’ll notice that the Roomba brushes have a yellow plastic bearing at one end. You can pull the meetings gently away from the approach ends.

The brush’s other end has a gray, non-removable cap with a square-shaped, rectangular peg. It fits into the matching brush compartment receptacle.

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Take all your hair off.

This is the fun part. Yes, you’re about to get your hands dirty. Begin by using the bristle brush to remove the plastic bearing. Next, pull out any hairs tucked in the pose or wrapped around it. It should be easy to remove the hair.

You can’t do the same for the bristles. Be prepared to spend a lot of time pulling and yanking the hair. You don’t need to get rid of every strand. The idea is to remove any clumps. Rinse, then repeat the process (not literally). Rinse and repeat (not literally!)

You can still use the small hair-cleaning tool that came with your Roomba brushes. It looks like a thick, red ring with sharp teeth (be aware that those teeth can poke your fingers).

The Roomba Brushes can be pulled through the ring, and the bristles will rip through your hair. A single stroke of the tool can pull off a fantastic amount of hair.

Clean the side brush.

You’re not entirely done yet. The next step is removing the side hair, the spindly-looking tri-brush that picks up dirt, dust, and other debris. It’ll be evident because it’s yellow and likely has a lot of hair around it.

To remove the side brush from your main Roomba chassis, you can use either a Phillips head or a regular screwdriver. Once the screw is removed, pull the side brush out.

It can be challenging to get the hair out of the side brush. To snip tightly wound hair, I have had the best luck using a pair of scissors. It should then be relatively easy to pull off.

Replacing your Roomba brushes

You’ll need to clean your Roomba brushes regularly and also replace them now and again.

iRobot suggests replacing the main brushes every six to twelve months. Although iRobot does not recommend a specific time frame for replacing the delicate side brushes, I suggest swapping them every six to twelve months. Mine was damaged during the cleaning and had to be replaced early.

Clean the rest of your Roomba

Your Roomba’s hairy brushes should not be the only thing you need to clean. It is essential to clean the wheels of your Roomba regularly.

You should also clean your Roomba’s charging surfaces and cliff sensors if it is constantly low on battery or stops in the middle of the floor.

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Roomba 650 VS 880

The Roomba 650 is the fourth-generation Roomba. It was the first to use a bristle/squeegee combination, which made it famous.

The aggressive cleaning algorithm also digs into edges, resulting in more scratches on furniture.

The 880 is a product design shift that began with the motorized toothbrush. iRobot has replaced the traditional brush-squeegee combination with rubber extractors.

The counter-rotating feature is still present, but it now uses a ribbed design to agitate.

This change is primarily to reduce the maintenance required by a bristled toothbrush.

Roomba 650

The 650 has 8 buttons in total!

This includes:

  • Buttons for scheduling
  • Spot cleaning
  • Cleaning by default
  • Docking
  • Clock

These buttons are not necessary because it doesn’t have to be removed. It also has a scheduling feature that allows you to ask it to clean your computer automatically once a day, seven times a week.

This makes it possible to hold the product in one hand. This handy feature allows you to move the product around various areas of your house.

Although the 880 doesn’t have this feature, it isn’t that important because these products are self-cleaning and will continue to clean themselves.

Roomba 880

iRobot decreased the number of buttons on the 880, which was initially 8, but it was now only 5. The robot’s interface can be used to schedule, but you can also use a remote.

Apart from color differences, both interfaces have the same size and IR sensor at the front. A release lever is located at the back.


Once you have learned how to clean Roomba brushes and other maintenance procedures, it is time to start cleaning your Roomba regularly. The robot can be cleaned in just 30 minutes.

You can expect the robot to last longer if you give it suitable attention. The average Roomba will clean your home for 4 to 5 years if you do it correctly. Even if the battery is replaced, it should still work as new.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you clean Roomba brushes?

We get asked many questions, including “How to clean Roomba toothbrushes.” Over the past few months, we’ve received many questions about our editorial. Some of these questions are excellent. These questions might teach you some tricks for cleaning and maintaining your robot vacuum.

Are Rubber Roomba Brushes Washable?

iRobot did not specify whether the brushes could be washed. We recommend that you do not try it. Use a towel to clean your brush and remove any hair stuck to it.

How often should you replace your Roomba brushes?

Depending on how often you use your robot, the frequency you need to replace your main brush cylinders should be every six or twelve months. The company does not specify how often the side brush should be replaced. We leave that up to you. Replace the meeting if the side brush appears worn or damaged.

How do I clean my Roomba’s Debris Extractor?

Another name for the main brush cylinders is the debris extractor. The article already covers how to clean them in great detail.