4 Steps To Clean Roomba Bag

Alex Mcil author
Alex Mcil

Gone are the times of sweeping trash away with a broom yourself or spending backbreaking hours trying to vacuum the whole house on your own. Now, everything is automated including the cleaning of your own home floors. Instead of trudging along, tiring yourself out physically, let the friendly little Roomba do the job for you. The only thing you have to do for your Roomba is clean out the Roomba bag where it stores all the trash it picks up. The latest models of the Roomba bot have an indicator to notify you when the bag is full. So, not to worry about that, however, you would be how to clean out your Roomba and the Roomba bag.



How To Empty The Dustbin 

Before you get to this step, make sure to have a trash bin right beside you otherwise it will be a new mess for your Roomba to clean up. Looking at your Roomba, there should be a trash icon somewhere behind the bot. Press on that spot to release the dirt bin tray. The dirt bin should easily slip out unless the device is malfunctioning. Once the dirt bin has been dislodged from the device, all you have to do is clear it all in the trash bin.

That is not the end to cleaning the dustbin as this would also be the perfect chance to clean the filter of the Roomba as well. The filter is an important part of the machine as it prevents sharp and large objects from perforating the inner workings of the machine. The filter is located in the dirt bin so you can easily clean both at the same time. Take note that the filter should not be washed as it is not engineered to be waterproof or water-resistant. It might damage the electronics as well if not dried properly.

Cleaning The Brushes And Wheels

To improve the cleaning efficiency of your Roomba, you will need to maintain the brushes connected to the base of it. The brushes help in sweeping up rubbish and debris. Though, this also means that dust gets trapped between the bristles of the brush which might cause the brush to pick up less debris and leave more behind as the Roomba trails past. So, it is recommended that you clean it frequently.

To do this, make sure your Roomba is switched off to prevent any injuries. Flip the Roomba upside down and there should be these brush guard levers that keep the brushes intact. Simply pull back on those levers to remove the brushes from the device. There are two types of brushes within a Roomba, one with bristles and one with small rubber panels. You can clean them by simply removing any excess hair or debris. When you are done with it, simply reattach it according to the instructions indicated.

You should focus on the wheels as well as hair can get caught in it easily, especially when a clump of hair accumulates. Since the Roomba would already have been flipped over, all you have to do is grip the wheel and pull it out so that you can clear the hair tangled along the axle and stem.

How To Replace Your Roomba Bag

Apart from the dirtbag, most Roombas have been programmed to empty themselves into bags. These bags are very important as they ensure the safe disposal of trash from your Roomba. Many people wonder if these bags can be reused but we strongly advise against that. In fact, Roomba bags are not reusable which means they are not the kinds which can be washed and reinserted to use again, you should dispose of them when they are full. Roomba bags must be replaced with a new bag as reusing it might cause damage to your Roomba which would result in additional unnecessary costs and can generate mold. Saving money on the bags while incurring damages on your machine is not worth it.

So, since we are clear that Roomba bags have to be replaced, you should also know how often the bag should be changed and how to change it. If your house has a light trash load, you can even stall the changing to every 60 days. If your house has a typical load of trash, the typical time frame to change the bag is also once every month. If you find it hard to gauge, you can just feel the bag itself to determine if the bag is full by feeling if the bag is solid.

To replace the bag, you will have to start off with your Clean Base. Lift up the lid on the base. At the top edge of the bag, grab the opening of it so that you can seal off the bag properly. Then, following along with that same motion, grab and lift the bag out. When installing the new bag, ensure that the opening is correctly adjusted to the bracket and tighten the lid on top.

1. What is the best way to clean a bag?

The best way to clean a Roomba bag is to first remove it from the device. Once it is removed, you can tap it gently on the side of a garbage can to remove any loose debris. Next, using a soft cloth or brush, wipe down the inside and outside of the bag to remove any dirt or dust that is clinging to it.

2. How often should I clean a Roomba bag?

The iRobot website says that the dustbin/bag should be emptied after every use, or at least once a week.

3. What are the consequences of not cleaning a bag?

Your Roomba will eventually stop working properly, and it will also start to smell bad. The dirt and dust that builds up in the bag can also cause allergies or respiratory problems.

4. What are some Roomba tips?

Assuming you are referring to the dustbin/bag on The first thing you want to do is make sure that the Roomba is off and that the dustbin is empty. Next, you will need to remove the filter. To do this, simply press down on the filter release button and pull the filter out. Once the filter is out, tap it on the side of the dustbin to remove any debris.

5. How do I know when my Roomba needs to be cleaned?

The bag inside your Roomba should be emptied after each cleaning cycle. Depending on how often you use your Roomba, you may need to empty the bag once a week or more.

You’ll know it’s time to empty the bag when the indicator light on the Roomba’s control panel turns red.

6. What is the best way to dispose of a bag?

The best way to dispose of a Roomba bag is to recycle it. You can either recycle it through your local municipality’s recycling program or through a private recycling company.

7. What are some common cleaning mistakes people make with their Roomba bags?

One of the most common cleaning mistakes people make with their Roomba bags is not emptying them on a regular basis. When the bag is full, the Roomba will have to work harder to suction up dirt and debris, which can shorten the lifespan of the device. Additionally, a full bag can cause the Roomba to leave dirt and debris behind, defeating the purpose of using the device in the first place.

8. How can I prevent it from getting dirty in the first place?

First, make sure to empty it after each use. Second, keep it in a dry, dust-free environment. Third, regularly clean the filter. Finally, consider buying a replacement filter every few months.

9. Can I wash the bag in the washing machine?

Yes, you can wash your Roomba bag in the washing machine, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, make sure to remove the bag from the Roomba before washing it. Second, use a mild detergent and wash the bag on a delicate cycle. Finally, let the bag air dry completely before putting it back on the Roomba.