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Mai Pham
December 15, 2023

Robot vacuums are not cheap and it will be such a waste of money if you don’t use them and care for them properly. For those who have a 2-in-1 robot vacuum (aka. a robot vacuum with a mopping feature), you need to also know how to use the mopping function effectively. One question I’ve heard a lot is whether you can put some cleaning solution in a 2-in-1 robot vacuum. I decided to take a good look into this, and here’s what I’ve found out.

Can You Put Floor Cleaners In Robot Vacuums?

In general, you should not add any floor cleaner to the water tank of your robot vacuum unless using a manufacturer’s approved cleaning solution. Straying from the robot vacuum instructions can damage the internal parts of your robot vacuum. However, don’t sweat as there are many famous 2-in-1 robot vacuums that can be used with some specific floor cleaners.

Which Robot Vacuums Can You Put Floor Cleaner In

If you need to have a deep clean with floor cleaners, use a specialized floor cleaner that is designed specifically for robotic vacuums. These floor cleaners are formulated specifically for robot vacuums and contain fewer chemicals than regular floor cleaners.

They also come in larger bottles that are easier to handle and store than the small containers of floor cleaner used with regular mops. In addition, they generally have lower concentrations of contaminants, so they are safer to use around pets and children while still being effective at cleaning floors.

Let’s take a look at which robot vacuums you can use with floor cleaners, and which floor cleaners are approved by the manufacturers.

Roborock

Roborock is a leading brand of robot vacuums, offering models that are packed with features and designed to provide powerful cleaning performance. In fact, when I did a research poll on the most recommended robot vacuum, nearly 50% of the participants voted for Roborock. Roborock also has a few 2-in-1 robot vacuums that can be used with floor cleaners.

 

List of Roborock models that can be used with floor cleaners is:

  • Roborock S8 Pro Ultra
  • Roborock S8 / S8+
  • Roborock S7 MaxV Series
  • Roborock S7 / S7+
  • Roborock Q7 Max Series
  • Roborock Q7 & Q7+

Applicable floor cleaner: Roborock Multi-Surface Floor Cleaning Solution

iRobot

iRobot is one of the most popular brands in the market when it comes to robot vacuums. Around 35% of people who were asked to vote for their favorite robot vacuum brand have chosen iRobot. Their Roomba line of products comes with the option to pair with their own Braava jet mop pads, their 2-in-1 robot vacuum combo, and liquid cleaning solutions. This allows users to customize their cleaning schedule and add extra cleaning power when needed. 

Currently, their 2-in-1 robot vacuum is Roomba Combo™ j7+ that is compatible with their own cleaning solution.

Applicable cleaning solution: Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner and Bona Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner.

Ecovacs

Ecovacs is another major player in the robot vacuum market. Their Deebot robotic vacuums come with the option to pair with their own floor cleaning pads and liquid or powder solutions. This allows users to customize their cleaning schedule and add an extra boost of cleaning power when needed.

Which Ecovacs robot vacuums can be used with floor clearners?

  • Deebot X1 Omni
  • Deebot X1 Turbo
  • Deebot T10 Plus
  • Deebot X1 Plus

Applicable floor cleaner: Deebot Cleaning solution

Bissell

Bissell is a well-known and reliable brand in the vacuum industry. They are renowned for their handheld vacuums, with models like the Bissell ICONpet Pro Cordless Vacuum Cleaner and the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Hand Vac being especially popular among pet owners. But they also have an impressive line of robot vacuums that are designed to provide powerful and efficient cleaning performance. Their Spinwave robot vacuums come with the option to pair with their own floor-cleaning solution.

List of Bissell robot vacuums can be used with floor cleaners:

  • Bissell SpinWave Pet 
  • Bissell SpinWave Hard Floor
  • Bissell SpinWave R5

Applicable floor cleaner: MultiSurface Floor Cleaning Formula-Crosswave and Spinwave, and Bissell Hard Floor Sanitize Formula.

Shark

Shark is another reliable brand for robot vacuums. Shark’s robot vacuums are designed to be easy-to-use, efficient, and affordable, making them great for busy households who want a hassle-free way to keep their floors clean. 

List of Shark robot vacuums can be used with floor cleaners:

  • Shark AI Ultra 2in1
  • SHARK RV2620WD AI Ultra
  • Shark RV2410WD IQ 2-in-1

Applicable floor cleaner: Shark VACMOP surface cleaner and disinfectant cleaner.

Eufy by Anker

Eufy by Anker is a leading brand of robot vacuums that offer powerful cleaning performance and convenience. Their products are designed to be user-friendly, efficient, and affordable, making them ideal for busy households looking for an easy way to keep their floors clean without sacrificing quality or breaking the bank. They also have the option to pair with their own floor cleaner solutions for extra cleaning power when needed. 

List of Eufy robot vacuums can be used with floor cleaners:

  • RoboVac X8 Hybrid
  • RoboVac G20 Hybrid
  • RoboVac G30 Hybrid
  • RoboVac LR30 Hybrid+

Applicable floor cleaner: RoboVac Hard Floor Cleaning Solution

If you are someone who wants a spotless floor with your 2-in-1 robot vacuum, take a look at the manufacturers’ approved floor cleaner above. These specialized robot floor cleaning products are able to prevent pump clogging on robots, effectively kill bacteria, and clean dust. You also don’t need to worry so much about the additional cost. As these floor cleaners are affordable. With a capacity of 1 to 2 liters per bottle and a fixed ratio of 1/40 (1 ml of floor cleaning water with 40 ml of clean water), each floor cleaner bottle can be used for up to 6 months.

What happens if you put a regular floor cleaner in your robot vacuum

Regular floor cleaners typically contain a variety of chemicals such as surfactants, solvents, and acids or alkalis. Surfactants are detergents that work to break down dirt or grease so it can be easily removed. Solvents help dissolve oils and greases, while acids and alkalis help neutralize any remaining residue.

All of these components serve to make regular floor cleaners more effective at removing dirt, dust, and debris from the surface of your floors. They also give the cleaner a pleasant smell.

However, when using regular floor cleaners on robot vacuums, it is important to remember that they can cause damage to certain parts of the vacuum if used incorrectly or in excess.

The detergent in the floor mop can cause corrosion, and oxidation of the components of the robot, causing clogged water pump valves. In the long run, the robotic cleaner will not be able to produce water to damage the robot’s cleaning unit, for some product lines use electronic turbochargers, and sometimes it can clog up the robot vacuum, making it very difficult to handle.

A safe way to use regular floor cleaners with any robot vacuum

Although you should not put floor cleaners directly into the water tank of your robot vacuum, there are still some safe ways to use floor cleaners with any robot.

One way is to prepare a cleaning solution by mixing floor cleaner and clean water in an appropriate container. You can then spray this mixture directly on the floor or on the mops before running it.

This will help remove dirt and debris from floor surfaces, with less risk of damaging the robot vacuum itself.

It is not recommended to pour liquid floor cleaner directly onto the mop of your robot vacuum as the liquid floor cleaner might be too dense. When it’s too dense, floor cleaners may contain hazardous chemicals that can cause allergies, itchiness, or damage to the floor itself.

Conclusion

Using a floor cleaning solution specific to your robot vacuum is always recommended, as it is designed to not damage any parts of the vacuum and helps make floor cleaning easier and safer. However, if you do decide to use regular floor cleaners with your robot vacuum, it is important to prepare a safe mixture of floor cleaner and clean water before spraying it onto the floor surface or mop. This will help protect your robot from any unnecessary damage while enjoying the best cleaning experience.

About the Author

I am a working mother who more than often prefer to come home and rest rather than doing house chores. I am passionate about simplifying house chores to live and enjoy life more.

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