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Roomba marking furniture

Postby hazelb » January 1st, 2018, 6:06 am

I have a couple of roomba 560's that I run in the house.

It is getting noticeable that marks are appearing on some items of furniture and skirting boards ( American - base boards? ) around the house. They don't seemed to be caused by the roomba hitting them at speed or not seeing then, more a case of the roomba nudging up against them when it has a change of direction and is aligning to get the side brush up against the wall. The roomba is now banned from the dining room ( marking chair legs and a black gloss piano! ) and I'm about to repaint all the skirting boards in the house with white gloss paint!!!!

I've tried various fixes mentioned on the forum: helicopter tape, foam strips on bumper but it still seems to do it.

Any other tips?

I might compare the two roombas i have ( both 560's) and see if one is more prone to doing it than the other.

I also wondered if this was a problem with all the 'bumping bots' and maybe I need to upgrade to a 960 with visual navigation? - I would be interested to hear if this helps reduce the problem.
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Re: Roomba marking furniture

Postby JiminSTLouis » January 1st, 2018, 10:18 am

What about attaching a row of felt pads to the periphery of the Roomba? You know the ones used for under chair legs?
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Re: Roomba marking furniture

Postby poconogal » January 3rd, 2018, 8:20 am

There are special strips that were made specifically to attach to the bottom and the top of the entire bumper of the Roomba. I have been using those strips on my 581 for about five years and it solved the problem. Before I got the strips, and you really do need BOTH strips for it to be 100% effective, it was marking my chair legs which was very noticeable because the finish was a dark mahogany. Also marking my molding or baseboard as you refer to it. Once I put the strips on, the only mark that I could see on the chair legs was sometimes dust and that’s it. I purchased the strips, and they were not expensive, from a website that sells aftermarket accessories for Roomba etc. The strips are very soft and yet very durable. I am still using the originals that I attached to the Roomba about five years ago.
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Re: Roomba marking furniture

Postby poconogal » January 3rd, 2018, 8:26 am

I’ve been trying to post pictures of the package but it keeps telling me my photo is invalid. I guess it won’t take a photo from an iPhone. Anyway the website is http://www.robotaddons.com.
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Re: Roomba marking furniture

Postby JiminSTLouis » January 5th, 2018, 9:57 pm

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Re: Roomba marking furniture

Postby poconogal » January 6th, 2018, 8:08 pm

Yes! That’s it! Those strips are fantastic!
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