How Robot Vacuum Cleans Corners & Hard To Reach Areas

Robot vacuum cleaners have been around for a few years now, and they continue to get more and more popular.

One of the main reasons for this is that they can clean areas that regular vacuum cleaners can’t reach. This includes corners and hard-to-reach places like under furniture.

Let’s go over robot vacuums and how they clean corners and other hard to reach areas.

Can Robot Vacuums Get Corners?

Robot vacuums can get corners and other tight spots you may miss with your normal vacuum cleaner.

Most robot vacuums have rotating side brushes that help them to clean the edges and corners of walls and furniture. These side brushes also help to push dirt and debris into the path of the vacuum so that it can be cleaned up.

Some robot vacuums may even have two brushes on each side to help them get the trickiest of spots.

Tip: If you find your robot vacuum side brushes not cleaning your corners that well, they could be worn out and need to be replaced. The brushes on robot vacuums are soft and wear out quicker than other vacuum cleaners, and as they wear out, they lose length and cleaning ability.

The great thing about robot vacuums compared to your normal vacuum cleaner when it comes to cleaning corners is that they can get under furniture and other tight spots you may miss. Combine with modern robot vacuums being meticulously cleaners, cleaning corners and other hard to reach areas are best left to the robots.

How Do Robot Vacuums Navigate Corners?

Robot vacuums have sensors that help them to navigate around corners and other obstacles. Many robot vacuums use LiDAR and will map a room, which allows them to get smarter over time.

These sensors help the vacuum to map out the room and avoid bumping into furniture or walls. The sensors also help the vacuum to know when it has reached a corner so that it can turn and clean it properly.

Some robot vacuums even have cameras that give them a better view of the room and help them to navigate more easily.

The design of many robot vacuums has side spinning brush to help clean corners and sides of the robot vacuum. Most robot vacuums are a circle shape, which helps it clean and move around a lot easier.

Why Are Robot Vacuums Not A Square Shape?

Most robot vacuums are shaped like a circle, but you would think a square shape would work better, especially cleaning corners, but this is not true.

The square shape would actually make it harder for the vacuum to move around and would cause it to get stuck more often. The round shape helps the vacuum to turn more easily and helps it to avoid bumping into things as much.

The round shape also helps the robot vacuum cleaner to get under furniture and other tight spots more easily.

You do have some robot vacuums like the Neato that have a flat front with a round back to help clean corners better. While this D-shape is helpful, a spinning side brush is the best option we have for cleaning corners. So if your main concern is cleaning corners, then stick to the robot vacuums with side brushes.

Can A Robot Vacuum Clean Baseboards?

Yes, robot vacuums can clean baseboards. But they can only clean the areas the brushes can reach, so only the lower part of the baseboards.

The side brushes on the vacuum help to push dirt and debris into the path of the vacuum so that it can be picked up by the beater brushes or suction.

You also need to be careful with some robot vacuums, the ones that use random navigation, as they can damage some baseboards by scraping against them. We have a guide and a solution to this problem here.

Do Robot Vacuums Clean Cobwebs?

A robot vacuum can clean spider webs and other cobwebs that it can reach, this means anything close to the ground and not anything higher. So, the spider webs up high on the ceiling will not be reached by the robot vacuum. The side brushes on the vacuum help to push the cobwebs into the path of the robot where it will clean them up.

The great thing about robot vacuums is that they can get under furniture and other tight spots you may miss. This means that they can get to those pesky cobwebs that are hard to reach with a regular vacuum cleaner.

Even if the brushes miss the cobwebs, the chassis of the robot vacuum will often get them and drag them out where you can clean them off the robot vacuum.

If cobwebs are a common thing in your home, then you may need to spray for bugs in and outside your home. While you may never get rid of all cobwebs with bug spray, it will greatly help.