Wooden floors are the most popular and durable flooring in the world. They convey a pleasant living feeling and give every room a noble appearance. However, to ensure that this remains the case for a long time, the parquet must also be cared for accordingly. The surface has been waxed, oiled, varnished or sealed for centuries to keep it as hard-wearing as possible. Nowadays, sealed parquets are preferred because they are not as sensitive to water as unsealed parquets.
Here the golden rule applies: Less is often more! One to three times a week, this should be cleaned dry with a vacuum cleaner or mop. This will remove dust and crumbs. Crumbs, small stones, etc. can cause ugly scratches that can only be removed with effort. There are various care products available on the market for the maintenance of a parquet floor. For centuries, cleaning products containing oil, such as plant-based curd soap, have proven their worth. The oil gives the floor a long-lasting luster and brings out the natural texture of the wood. Water should be used sparingly, however, as no parquet floor really tolerates it well. Therefore, the cleaning cloths or Mobb must be properly squeezed. Wet should be wiped only once a month.
A vacuuming robot must thoroughly clean the wooden floors, but must not damage them in the process. Mopping robots can clean on tile and plastic floors without concerns and without anyone having to be present. With parquet floors, however, it's a different story. If the robot mop gets stuck on a chair leg, it constantly loses water. This damages the wooden floor severely. Since water is the enemy of every wooden floor, only certain mopping robots are suitable, and then primarily for sealed wooden floors. With robot vacuums, it's important that dust and stone chips are cleaned up properly and that the brushes work gently enough to not scuff the flooring too much over time. Below I'll show you a few models that are basically suitable, including vacuum-only robots, mopping robots, and vacuum mopping robots:
The company "iRobot" is one of the world leaders in this field for more than 25 years. This mopping robot, which has scored top marks for oiled parquet floors in almost all comparisons, features intelligent navigation. The iAdapt 2.0 navigation ensures that the vacuum robot knows where it has already cleaned and where it hasn't. What's more, it doesn't bump into anything, but elegantly "circumnavigates" every corner. It can clean both wet and dry. You can choose between a single pass to remove hair and allergens or the triple pass for thorough cleaning. This quiet vacuum robot is optimal for large areas (up to 92 m²). Moreover, it also delivers an excellent result on stone, tiles and laminate. Disposable cloths and washable cleaning cloths are available for this robotic mop. Included are 4 washable microfiber cloths, as well as a dry wipe and a wet wipe. Overall, the device is very efficient and inexpensive to use. With a volume of 10 dB, it is very quiet. In addition, it weighs only 1.8 kg. It does not require a wire or a bag.
The SmartNavigation of the Miele Scout RX2 lets the robot easily clean even hard-to-reach places. The "Triple Cleaning System" allows sweeping, vacuuming and brushing. However, the RX2 does not offer a mopping function. The "Non Stop Power" means that this powerful Miele robot vacuum has a particularly long battery life. The "Furniture Protection Technology" protects the furniture. "Advanced Corner Cleaning" stands for particularly thorough cleaning right into the last corner! In itself, a solid vacuum robot.
The Medion MD 18379 is a mopping robot that is also suitable for oiled parquet floors. It has a mop roller and behind it located a dirty water suction and a rubber lip to leave no water spots. The wheels are placed in front of the mopping mechanism so that no ruts are left behind. The battery life is relatively long at 80 minutes and the result is very satisfactory. With a capacity of 0.8 liters, the water tank is large enough to not need to be constantly filled. The gyro technology ensures that the floor is thoroughly and efficiently cleaned and then polished. The mopping robot can be used for both dry and wet cleaning of various types of floors. A remote control is included for control.
This pure mopping robot takes excellent care of oiled parquet floors. In addition, it is also very suitable for other hard floors and carpets. It features wet and dry modes. In dry mode, dry wipes remove dirt, dust and pet hair with electrostatic force. iRobot also equips its mopping robots with sensors for safe navigation with detection of corners, edges and other "obstacles", so that there are no accidents or the device can not lose water and the delicate parquet floor is not damaged. So you are always on the safe side! You can conveniently control the mopping robot via app, Google Assistant or via Alexa. Who wonders what the difference is now to the Braava M6138 - It is the color of the lid from the water tank. Who is still looking for a separate vacuum robot for this and has iRobot in mind, which should look at the iRobot Roomba i7 (https://amzn.to/30l5avT).
Roborock has really shaken up the robot vacuum industry in recent years. Not only do the brand's robot vacuums consistently deliver the best results, they also come at a great price. The S6 MaxV is a sophisticated powerhouse that can strongly vacuum and mop at the same time. Through numerous sensors and dual camera system, it avoids obstacles on the floor (at least from the size of a coffee cup). It handles multiple map storage and smart room scheduling, so can clean on multiple floors and set up specific boundaries, "no-mop zones" and "no-go zones" for each. It's especially useful for hardwood floors, as you can vary the amount of water used when mopping per room, setting the right amount of water for each room. It is also possible to determine the rooms and the order in which they are to be cleaned, thus ensuring that the wooden floor is not mopped unnecessarily when only other rooms are to be cleaned. The brushes are made of soft slats and can be disassembled into individual parts to free hair from your clutches if necessary. If you're looking for a good hybrid vacuum-mop robot, the S6 MaxV is currently your best bet.
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Vacuum robots or mopping robots for an oiled parquet must be able to clean both dry and wet. However, they must not clean too wet, as this will damage the delicate wooden floor. In the best case, you can set the water supply per room and thus control it. The parquet floor should be cleaned dry up to three times a week and wet once a week. If possible, parquet floors should not be walked on with street shoes. Thus, small stones can get on the floor and scratch it. All of the robot vacuums presented here have the necessary intelligent navigation to clean your high-quality parquet thoroughly, but gently.
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