Living Smarter Logo Living Smarter

Roomba Random Pattern – Why Does it Do That?

When you turn on your Roomba and watch it go, it probably seems like the little robot just goes wherever it wants. But there is actually a method to its madness.

For example, have you ever noticed that when you turn on your Roomba, it almost always starts in the same general area of your room?

And then as it continues cleaning, does your Roomba tend to make random U-turns and repeated loops? If so, you might be wondering why. Let’s take a look…

Roomba Random Pattern Explained

The Roomba’s random cleaning pattern ensures that your entire home is thoroughly cleaned. To achieve this, Roomba first finds the edges and corners of your room, and then systematically cleans your full room by working its way inward.

As it cleans, it ends up covering an area approximately 50% larger than the area that you started with. This means that a 3×3 room will be thoroughly vacuumed in a 6×6 pattern.

If you want to clean your entire home but you don’t want to physically go from room to room, you can use your Roomba’s random cleaning pattern to do it for you. Just turn on your Roomba and let it do its thing!

Living Room Vocabulary | Guessing G...

Why Does Roomba Start in a Corner?

As we explained above, one of the most important things that your Roomba will do when it starts cleaning your room is to find the edges and corners of your room. This is an important thing for your Roomba to do for a few reasons:

– It ensures that your Roomba doesn’t get stuck in a corner or fall off of an edge.

– It helps your Roomba learn where all of the walls, edges, and corners are in your room.

– It makes sure that your Roomba covers your entire room.

The Importance of Distractions

As your Roomba finds and cleans your room’s edges, it also finds and moves away from most obstacles. However, when these obstacles are large enough to distract your Roomba, it will instead temporarily stop cleaning and essentially turn away from the distraction.

When your Roomba finds something that is big enough to distract it (such as a large toy, a piece of clothing, or an open bag of chips), it will move away from it and resume cleaning your room.

This is important because it ensures that your Roomba cleans your entire room thoroughly. It also ensures that your Roomba doesn’t get stuck or fall off of an edge.

How to Use the Roomba Random Pattern Effectively

By following these tips, you can use the Roomba’s random cleaning pattern to your advantage:

– Start in the center of your room.

If you want to use your Roomba’s random cleaning pattern to cover your entire home, you can start in the middle of one of your rooms. This helps ensure that your Roomba will find your room edges and corners so that it can find your home’s edges and corners as well.

– Move large, distracting objects out of the way.

If you want your Roomba to clean an entire room, you can accomplish this by moving out of the way large, distracting objects. You can move these objects to another room or somewhere out of the way so that your Roomba can clean the rest of your room.

– Avoid moving your couch or table.

Although you can move large distracting objects out of the way, you can’t move your table or couch. If you do, your Roomba might get stuck or fall off of an edge.

A Final Word: Be Aware of Your Roomba’s Movement Patterns

Your Roomba’s random cleaning pattern may cause you to pause at times while you’re cleaning your home. This happens because your Roomba will temporarily stop cleaning while it moves away from a distraction.

When this happens, simply wait a moment and let your Roomba resume cleaning your home. This will keep your home clean and will help your Roomba get its job done. You might also want to consider keeping large, distracting items out of your Roomba’s way while you’re cleaning your home.

This will help your Roomba clean more thoroughly and save you the hassle of waiting around for your Roomba to finish cleaning.

Author: Morten Pradsgaard

Morten has been working with technology, IoT, and electronics for over a decade. His passion for technology is reflected in this blog to give you relevant and correct information.

Read more...