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Should you buy an Automatic Window Cleaner?
Ever heard someone say “I don’t do windows”? With the advancement of robotic cleaners for the home not only will people not have to “do windows” but floors, lawns, litter boxes, pools, etc. Robotic cleaners can be a big time saver by taking on some of our most hated chores from the to-do list. For me window cleaning ranks pretty high on my most hated list. So needless to say I’m pretty excited about the possibility of a robot doing it for me. Today we are going to look closely at automatic window cleaners; what are they, how they work, features to look for and more.
What is an Automatic Window Cleaner?
An automatic window cleaner in a way is like a robotic vacuum. It uses advance sensors to guide itself around the cleaning surface in the most efficient path. Of course their are some obvious differences namely it cleans windows instead of floors.
Most automated window cleaners use suction, magnets or a combination of both to stick to the window or other glass surface. This is an important point as there have been complaints buy some users that the suction of certain models was strong enough to break their window. More on that later.
How do they Clean Windows?
Cleaning methods vary as well. Some robots use a cleaning pad and spray along with squeegees while others have rotating scrubbing pads combined with a vacuum.
Whatever the method a quality robotic window cleaner uses it should clean a window thoroughly from edge to edge. Additionally, it alerts you when it is done cleaning. Depending on the quality as well some automatic window cleaners ensure the windows are spotless while others may leave streaks that can be taken care of with a quick once over. The main advantage of these innovative cleaning tools is they can get to high areas that pose a risk to you the window cleaner. This can be a dangerous task even for the pros who are equipped with skills and sophisticated cleaning tools.
Automatic window cleaners maneuver autonomously and clean most glass surfaces while providing useful feedback to the user. The inventors of this essential cleaning tool showcase a solid understanding of mechatronic design principles. The result is an efficient tool that has an elegant and functional system that can make window cleaning a breeze.
Advancements in Automated Window Cleaning Technology
A recent robotic window cleaner invented by teenager Sohail Abdulla promises to improve robotic window cleaning significantly. He managed to make the size smaller while making the cleaning more efficient and convenient. Sohail’s understanding of complex design principles has resulted in an elegant and functional system that makes window cleaning a breeze.
Manufacturers of these robotic cleaners are dedicating considerable resources and human effort to ensuring that more research is done to improve these cleaners.
How does an Automatic Window Cleaner Work?
In general, all robotic window cleaners work by combining automated movement with window cleaning technology. These cleaners stick to windows using motor-powered suction technology and magnets. Once these cleaners are stuck to a window, they start cleaning automatically from one edge to the other. They are beneficial because they enable you to clean high, out-of-reach spaces.
Although most robotic window cleaners offer similar general features, they also provide varied functions, height restrictions and cleaning techniques. They typically work by sticking on windows and cleaning with the help of brushes or pads, in some cases a series of both in addition to a squeegee.
Different models have different operations processes.
Most robotic window cleaners will need the user to change out the pads or brushes periodically. These cleaners have sensors attached to them. The sensors sense frames and edges to allow the robotic window cleaner to cover the entire glass surface. Some robot cleaning windows are multi-functional; this means they also clean other glass surfaces apart from windows.
Here is a typical three-phase cleaning process typically followed by most robotic window cleaners
The robotic window cleaner sticks to the window surface and then start cleaning at the touch of a start button. The cleaning pads and the cleaning fluid will wipe off the dirt and then most have a squeegee that dries the glass surface to ensure the window is spotless.
This three-phase process mimics the cleaning process that must human cleaners follow. This cleaning process is very reliable because it does not leave any streaks unless the pads are dirty. Most robotic window cleaners play a loud enough tune to notify you when cleaning is done; this is an outstanding innovation that makes window cleaning a simple and even enjoyable task.