French Connection, can you state the ingredients in your cleaner? Do you have the manufacturer's website? My floors can't get any cleaner than what they are now from using iRobot's "Scooba Juice
", but I'm curious. In what manner did your cleaner perform better (for example: getting up ground in dirt?).
As far as damaging your Scooba, iRobots juice was formulated to meet the following requirments stated in italics below. The text in italics is from an iRobot representative, and originally appered in an RJ5555 post. Note that he very first post in this long thread was RJ5555's alternate cleaner experimental work that tested for these requirements:
Here is a response from Josh (iRobot) on this matter.
Certain tap water (depending on where you live) does not have the
electronic conductivity necessary to activate Scooba's tank sensors.
iRobot does not recommend using other cleaning solutions with Scooba,
but you may use a dilute vinegar and water solution. You should mix
2oz. of vinegar with a full tank of water to create the conductivity
necessary to activate Scooba's tank sensors.
Clorox Scooba cleaning solution is specially formulated for use with
Scooba. Through a partnership with Clorox, we developed a cleaning
solution that has special characteristics that make it work especially
well with Scooba. These characteristics include:
Low Foam. Clorox Scooba cleaning solution does not create as much foam
as many common cleaning solutions. Scooba's cleaning system pumps a
small amount of fresh cleaning solution onto the floor. If the
solution becomes foamy inside the robot, Scooba's ability to pump the
cleaning solution is diminished.
High Traction. Clorox Scooba cleaning solution is a "high traction"
liquid. Many common cleaning solutions create a soapy, slippery film
on the floor. To maximize Scooba's ability to drive around on the
floor in areas it just cleaned, we developed a solution that does not
create this slippery film.
Conductive. Scooba's Cleaning solution, like many cleaning solutions,
is slightly conductive. By adding the solution to water, you create a
solution that Scooba's Clean tank sensors can look for. If the
robot "sees" solution in the tank, it continues cleaning. If the robot
does not see solution in the tank, it assumes that the cleaning cycle
is complete. In the event that the solution is not conductive, Scooba
cannot "see" the water in the clean tank, and it assumes that the
cycle is complete.
The Clorox Scooba cleaning solution is also formulated to be non-
corrosive to Scooba's tanks and other parts. Other cleaning solutions
can damage Scooba's electronics, especially if they foam up inside the
robot. For this reason, use of other cleaning solutions voids Scooba's
So you could get eventual damage to your Scooba if there is excessive foaming. You may want to go back to the original post in this thread and do a foam test. I believe RJ gives a more detailed description of this test somewhere else within this tread. Keep us posted!