Robotic Spot Cleaners

Carpet Cleaning

Technology is a wonderful thing. The things that used to take us hours, days or even weeks to do can now be done very efficiently in the blink of an eye, and in some cases, the result is even better than if we did it ourselves. Technology, along with some carpet care companies, are giving us a new way to help care for our carpets and rugs: the ROBOTIC SPOT CLEANER.

Our carpets and rugs are big investments and can be crucial to the comfort, décor and overall look of our homes or businesses. However, once stains or spots set in, the looks and longevity of your floor coverings are severely diminished. You may try to get a spot or a spill up yourself but that entails a lot of work. You must blot the spill, then you have to hit it with whatever cleaning agent is recommended to take care of that particular spill. After that, you have to blot again and hope that you got it all. Only to find out when it dries, that you didn’t get it all up and you have to do it again.

Or, you have to drag out the big bulky carpet cleaning machine that you have and try to get the spot out with that. Then you have to clean that machine before you put it away. It can be a cumbersome and involved process.

This is a situation where a robotic spot cleaner may come in handy and save you some time and effort. Robotic spot cleaners, while not brand new, are still fairly new to the market so let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of these technological floor care robots.


  • Time-Saving: One of the most significant advantages of robotic spot cleaners is their ability to operate autonomously. Once placed on a stained area, they can work on their own, freeing up your time for other tasks. This is particularly beneficial for busy households or commercial spaces where cleaning tasks often compete with other responsibilities.
  • Convenience: Robotic spot cleaners offer unparalleled convenience. With app-based controls and remote monitoring capabilities, users can initiate and manage the cleaning process from their smartphones or other devices. This level of connectivity adds a new dimension to convenience, allowing you to control the robot even when you’re not at home.
  • Reduced Chemical Usage: By precisely targeting stains, robotic spot cleaners can minimize the use of cleaning agents. This not only saves money but also contributes to environmental sustainability by reducing chemical waste.
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality: Carpets can trap allergens, dust mites, and other particles that affect indoor air quality. Regular use of robotic spot cleaners can help alleviate these concerns by maintaining cleaner carpets and reducing potential health hazards.


  • Limited Coverage: Robotic spot cleaners are specialized devices designed for spot cleaning rather than full carpet cleaning. While they excel at targeted stain removal, they may not be suitable for large or heavily soiled areas that require deep cleaning.
  • High Initial Cost: The upfront cost of purchasing a robotic spot cleaner can be relatively high compared to traditional cleaning methods. This initial investment might deter some potential users, especially those on a tight budget.
  • Maintenance and Repairs: Like any electronic device, robotic spot cleaners require regular maintenance and occasional repairs. This can add to the overall cost of ownership.
  • Battery Life and Runtime: The cleaning efficiency of robotic spot cleaners is often tied to their battery life and runtime. If the device has a limited battery capacity, it may not be able to complete a thorough cleaning session in one go, requiring multiple cleaning cycles.
  • Lack of Deep Cleaning: While robotic spot cleaners are adept at surface-level stain removal, they may not replace the need for periodic deep cleaning of carpets. Deep cleaning is essential for maintaining the overall cleanliness and longevity of carpets.

Robotic spot cleaners for carpets offer a range of benefits, from time-saving convenience to improved indoor air quality. However, they also come with limitations such as high initial costs, limited coverage, and the need for occasional maintenance. They are not meant to take the place of professional deep cleaning services; however, carpet cleaning professionals do say that tending to and removing spots and stains from your carpets is another line of defense against dull, dirty carpets and shortened carpet life. A robotic spot cleaner may be just the weapon you need in your cleaning arsenal to help keep your carpets looking good for years to come.

By Sharon Koehler. This article is one of a series of articles written and published on behalf of Surface Care PRO Partners.