What is a Window Washing Robot?
Did you know that 60% of window washing incidents are fatal? Dropping an unsecured squeegee can be life-threatening to a window cleaner and a pedestrian. Therefore, it is no surprise that window washing robots burst onto the scene to automate the window washing business.
What is a window cleaning robot? A window cleaning robot is a device or machine designed to clean windows autonomously. These death-defying machines can clean windows on a skyscraper, your home, and clean any glass.
With robotic window cleaners in the market, you do not have to wait for the rain to wash away the smudge and filth on the windows in your two-story home or 10th-floor apartment building. Cleaning your windows is as simple as pushing a button.
In this article, you will learn how a window cleaning robot works, if they get the job done, are worth your money, and much more.
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How do Window Washing Robots Work?
There are many designs and models of robotic window cleaners. However, they come in two main shapes, round and square.
The square type usually has a microfiber pad that drags over the glass while cleaning it. The round window cleaner has two rotating microfiber pads going in different directions to clean the glass.
A window cleaning robot should stick to your window and move while cleaning the glass. There are two ways the device can do this. One is through powerful suction, and the other is magnetic connection. A magnetic window cleaning robot needs an additional device on the opposite side of the window to hold the robot on the glass.
Advanced models of robotic window cleaners have a reservoir where you pour in the cleaning liquid, and the machine will spray as it goes. Other devices require pre-spraying your windows before attaching the robot to your window.
After the robotic cleaner is attached, you push the ON button, and the robot cleans, going up and down your window. This smart machine will wash all types of windows regardless of shape and size. Some robotic window cleaners can sense frameless windows and do the job accordingly.
After finishing cleaning, the machine will notify you by beeping or displaying a light that will come on to show that the job is done. The concept is similar to when you are charging your phone. When it is charging, the phone will show a red light, and when charging is complete, the light will turn green.
Some window cleaning robots are cordless, and some are not. The ones with cords can be limited to height because if they go too high, the cable can pull the robot down, causing damage. Most people buy the cordless types because they can go much higher, and there are no messy wire setups.
Robotic window cleaners have wet and dry cleaning pads options. These pads can be made from cleaning cloths, brushes, and squeegees to keep your windows streak-free.
If you want to use a spray cleaner, it is best to go for a robot with wet pads. Dry microfiber pads are best when you want to remove dust. The best part about these pads is that they are washable and reusable.
Are Window Cleaning Robots any Good?
Having one less chore around the house is always a good thing, but not if you have to re-do it later. Truthfully, there are a lot of mixed feelings and reactions regarding whether robotic cleaners are effective. The bottom line is that it depends on the robot you choose.
You should consider some things when buying an effective robotic window cleaner. They include;
- Size, shape, and weight
- Quality of the motor
- Safety features
- The type of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology used
- Advanced features available
What are your window dimensions?
The size of your windows should guide you to the robot size to buy. A small robot is best if you have small windows and vice versa. If you have circular windows, go for a robotic cleaner with dual spinning pads.
Robotic window cleaners can be loud, and some slower than others. That is where a quality motor comes in handy. A high-quality motor ensures your robot is fast, silent, and has excellent suction power. Safety features are sometimes included. For example, an extra battery to ensure your gadget doesn’t fall off when losing power.
Advanced robot window cleaners have AI technology that tracks the movement of the machine on the window as it moves. This saves time because the robot knows where it has to clean next. If the technology powering your machine is advanced, you will be more satisfied with how your robot works.
Lastly, as window cleaning technology improves, some robots in the market are coming with new features like automatic sprayers and remote-control options. This means you don’t have to pre-spray your windows before cleaning, and you can operate your robot from a distance.
Not a window cleaning robot either. Don – the owner of First Impressions Window Cleaning
What do Window Cleaning Robots Cost?
A basic model of a robotic window cleaner will cost you between $99 and $160. Most of these models don’t have advanced features like remote control or extra safety features like a spare battery.
A high-tech robotic window cleaner will cost you $180 to more than $500, depending on the extra features and brand you buy.
Pros and Cons of Window Washing Robots
These are some of the most common pros and cons of window cleaning robots on the market today:
You won’t die because you don’t have to get on a ladder to wash windows!
|Robotic window cleaners have weather limitations. You can’t use them when it is too hot, snowing, or raining.|
You don’t have to hire a window washer.
|Mirrors with three millimeters in thickness or less can break if you clean them with a robot.|
Robotic window cleaners are fast and effective.
|Window cleaning robots can be noisy as some come with a loud motor.|
They are portable, meaning they are light, and you can carry your robot from one window to the other. (Try doing that with a human window washer!)
|Limited battery life. Most robotic window cleaners last for only 30 minutes. You might need a cord if you have over ten windows to clean.|
Say goodbye to streaks on your windows because robotic window cleaners will leave you with clean and clear windows. (Maybe)