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What is a Robotic Window Cleaner?

By Philippe Waterloos January 02, 2019 0 comments

What is a Robotic Window Cleaner?

Think of them as the big Roombas, but for the outside of your window. If you’ve ever owned and operated a robot vacuum cleaner, you’ve seen the process first hand: these units use the same 3D mapping and smart technology to determine where to clean, and how to clean it.

This is another step in home automation. While you’ll still have to position it and move it from window to window, you’re still only taking about ten seconds out of your day to do each portion of the task, successfully automating this mundane task to the best of your current ability.

How to Use a Robotic Window Cleaner?

First and foremost, you need to clear off a spot for the your first time using it. Windows are one of the very last things that anyone wants to do, so as time goes on, they build up a thicker layer of filth that just looks normal. Clear a spot for the window cleaner to start, and follow these steps.

  • Ensure your tether (and power cable if necessary) is properly hooked up, with plenty of slack to move around. The last thing you want is the the tether to pull it down and break the unit.
  • Place it on the window and hold it flush with the pane. Press the on button, and wait for a mechanical cranking sound (most models). You may also have to sit through three to five seconds of LEDs going off, and beeping. Your unit will start climbing up the window
  • For oddly-shaped windows, stand by the first time you use the cleaner and try to determine just well your cleaner does. These are surprisingly far easier to use than you would initially think.

Once your window cleaning machine is done, it should stop on its own. Smart sensors are built-in to determine just where the next spot is, and map out to see where the previous spots were. When there’s nothing left to clean, it should go off on its own.

How to Wash and Maintain a Robotic Window Cleaner?

Your glass cleaning robot has quite a few moving parts, but they’re far easier to maintain than you’d imagine. Follow these tips and memorize some of these basic guidelines when using a robotic window washer, and you’ll be all set.

  • Most units can’t work under refrigeration temperatures (41 F and lower), so they’re not ideal to use in the wintertime. If you’re using this during the day in spring, don’t forget to bring it indoors at night. Humidity coupled with the growing cold when the sun goes down could damage your unit.
  • If your unit specifically states in the instructions that it cannot be used with anything other than straight lines, your funky window shapes aren’t going to do. The suction of your unit relies on a few things, but one is maintaining a tight air seal. If it hurts curves in the windows or oddly-shaped panes, it could bump around, lose that seal, and fall to the ground below.
  • Cleaning pads either need to be cleaned after every use, or changed weekly to maintain the best results. You should do a weekly inspection of your automatic window washer to ensure everything is operating properly.
  • Cleaning your windows once weekly will maintain a proper level of cleanliness going forward. If your windows are filthy, the cleaning pads can only take so much, and will either stop working after a while, or simply spread dirt around. Depending on the power of your window cleaning machine, you might have to do most of the first wash by hand.

Can I Clean Mirror or Shower Glass With a Robotic Window Cleaner?

You’re good to go. The only thing you’ll really need to be on the lookout for is very cheap mirrors. All mirrors have a reflective underlying aspect, often called the “silvering” of the mirror. These have glass plates placed over them and secured, turning them into what they are. Try and get an angle on how thick that mirror glass is. The suction on some of these models might be too much for cheap glass, and cause it to crack.

When you get to shower doors and glass, those are usually solid. Most showers and doors have a lot of power and a good thickness to them, because no contractor wants to come back out and fix it from them being too thin. There’s certain regulations and standards in place, so you should run into no problem using your robot window cleaner on your glass shower and shower door.

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