Nobody said that household chores are easy. Imagine how many couples break up over dirty dishes. Think of how many full-blown rants families go through just because the trash was full and no one could be bothered to take it out.

Robot vacuums, Roombas, robot mops, and robovacs were invented to make our lives easier. And they did! The first robot vacuum was the brainchild of the inventor James Dizon, but only in 2014 did tech-savvy vacuuming become a thing. Now, the chances are your mom has one, or you just added one to the basket. But not everything is that easy when it comes to putting one of the most hated household chores in the hands (?) of a robot that resembles a UFO.

So, this time, Bored Panda compiled a list of painfully funny cleaning failures that prove a couple of things: a. We all make mistakes; b. Don’t do it unless you know what you’re doing; and c. Beware of that freakin’ robot vacuum. And take the third one seriously, everyone.

#1

A Volunteer At Our Local Cat Rescue Turned On The Vacuum

A Volunteer At Our Local Cat Rescue Turned On The Vacuum

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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

No words! 😂🤣😂🤣

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#2

Came Into The Kitchen To Find That My Dog Trapped The Dead Roomba With His Toys

Came Into The Kitchen To Find That My Dog Trapped The Dead Roomba With His Toys

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Smart dog!

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#3

Roomba Suicide In My House Last Night. It Somehow Wrapped Up Its Sensors In Toilet Paper And Headed Off The Edge

Roomba Suicide In My House Last Night. It Somehow Wrapped Up Its Sensors In Toilet Paper And Headed Off The Edge

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Carrie Laughs
Community Member
2 months ago

Poor thing!

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Back in time, robot vacuums seemed like a futuristic luxury not for everyone. But today, everything has changed and these tech-savvy "flying saucers" make up 20% of the global vacuum market. The Roomba remains the most popular choice, making up 70% of the total robot vacuum market, with over 14 million units sold to date. Remember that this cleaning product comes at a minimum of $300, so their popularity is nevertheless surprising.

#4

I Found This While Vacuuming Under Our Bed

I Found This While Vacuuming Under Our Bed

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OffKeySinger
Community Member
2 months ago

Do you live in Australia, land of the nopes?

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#5

Received A Notification From My iRobot App. "Roomba Requires Your Attention. Roomba Is Stuck Near A Cliff"

Received A Notification From My iRobot App. "Roomba Requires Your Attention. Roomba Is Stuck Near A Cliff"

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
2 months ago

oh roombaaa dont jump off the cliff!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#6

Local Doggie Daycare Learned A Valuable Lesson About Leaving A Roomba In The Reception Area

Local Doggie Daycare Learned A Valuable Lesson About Leaving A Roomba In The Reception Area

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Caffeinated Hedgehog
Community Member
2 months ago

Roomba is starting to draw a pentagram to summon something...

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The iRobot CEO and co-founder Colin Angle told TechCrunch in an interview that the high sales of Roomba cleaners prove it’s “a steady business for a consumer product that starts at a price point that tends to be a bit higher than your average human-powered home cleaning hardware.” Meanwhile, Angle envisions home robots gaining more importance as homes get smarter.

But some critics claim that robot vacuums will never replace traditional cleaning tools because… well, they don’t do their job that well. According to NY Times, even the best robot vacuums barely touch the fine dust that settles into rugs.

“After six months of regular cleaning with the top-of-the-line Roomba, all of this debris still managed to pile up in a single 6-by-9-foot area rug.” The mess was cleaned in only 15 minutes by a human-powered vacuum.

#7

Roomba, The Nope Of Dog World

Roomba, The Nope Of Dog World

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crazy_cat_notAlady
Community Member
2 months ago

the pupper is so cute. i need him. for reasons

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#8

So Your Vacuum Cleaner Doesn't Work

So Your Vacuum Cleaner Doesn't Work

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

That's really impressive

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#9

This Is What Happens When Your Wife Leaves The Door Open To The Pool Area. Your Expensive Robot Vacuum Decides It Wants To Meet The Pool Vacuum... Goddammit

This Is What Happens When Your Wife Leaves The Door Open To The Pool Area. Your Expensive Robot Vacuum Decides It Wants To Meet The Pool Vacuum... Goddammit

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Caffeinated Hedgehog
Community Member
2 months ago

Still a better love story than Twilight

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Another con in the robovac department is that our modern homes filled with obstacles are not compatible with robots that easily get stuck in household clutter. Think of all the piles of laundry, small little items scattered around the house, charging cables, and all the other traps. These are a no-go for a robot vacuum and unless you keep your home clutter-free, it will be a hassle.

And lastly, in all fairness, not all robot vacuums look like they really know what they’re doing. Do an experiment: sit down, relax, and watch your bud moving around. You’ll see it bumping into obstacles, cleaning the same area for half an hour, and basically looking dumb and without a vision. The best way to avoid this is to stop watching and let it be.

#10

Today I Got Home To A Vacuum Robot With Artistic Pretensions

Today I Got Home To A Vacuum Robot With Artistic Pretensions

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
Community Member
2 months ago

*clap clap clap*

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#11

Apparently My Dog Thought The Roomba Was An Assailant

Apparently My Dog Thought The Roomba Was An Assailant

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

But don't you feel really safe knowing what a good doggo you have?

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#12

Not Only Did It Steal The Bloody Shower Towel It Tried To Hide Under The Vanity Thing. I Suppose It Wanted To Snack In Private

Not Only Did It Steal The Bloody Shower Towel It Tried To Hide Under The Vanity Thing. I Suppose It Wanted To Snack In Private

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol at the caption

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#13

The Roomba Didn't Come Home Last Night After Its Scheduled Cleaning And Is Nowhere To Be Found

The Roomba Didn't Come Home Last Night After Its Scheduled Cleaning And Is Nowhere To Be Found

Bishopwsu Report

Douglas Turner
Community Member
2 months ago

Did you check the neighbours pool?

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#14

Just Found Out I Bought Vacuum Which Doesn’t Have Any Vacuum Capabilities, It Just Rolls Around The Floor

Just Found Out I Bought Vacuum Which Doesn’t Have Any Vacuum Capabilities, It Just Rolls Around The Floor

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Flisey
Community Member
2 months ago

Wish or aliexpress?

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#15

I'm Afraid, Our Vacuum Will Quit Soon. It Seems He Had An Interview

I'm Afraid, Our Vacuum Will Quit Soon. It Seems He Had An Interview

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Julius Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

You should give him a pay raise, seems as though he is not happy in the current work environment

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#16

Cat + Paint Can + Roomba

Cat + Paint Can + Roomba

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
2 months ago

mars rover????

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#17

Started Cracking Up When I Discovered SNL’s Mr. Bill Stuck Like This In The Roomba. Poor Guy

Started Cracking Up When I Discovered SNL’s Mr. Bill Stuck Like This In The Roomba. Poor Guy

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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

I can hear him saying "Oh No!" 🤣😂

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#18

My Parents Tested Using Robo-Vac To Clean The Unfinished Basement And Apparently Left The Walk-Out Door Open

My Parents Tested Using Robo-Vac To Clean The Unfinished Basement And Apparently Left The Walk-Out Door Open

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TheWitchNaru
Community Member
2 months ago

It does leaves, too

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#19

This Vacuum At Work Hadn't Been Cleaned In A While

This Vacuum At Work Hadn't Been Cleaned In A While

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Are those... sprouts??

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#20

Came Home From Dinner And Found My Vacuum Hanging On For Life

Came Home From Dinner And Found My Vacuum Hanging On For Life

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

People who live in homes with staircases and have a roomba should really be careful. Or else they should be charged with roomba neglect and endangerment. :P

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#21

Found Out Why The Roomba Quit Working

Found Out Why The Roomba Quit Working

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nanashi
Community Member
2 months ago

I want to say 'thank god it's already dead', but then again 'aww poor snake'

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#22

Just My Neighbor Vacuuming His Grass

Just My Neighbor Vacuuming His Grass

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Anne
Community Member
2 months ago

I've vacuumed the grass.. when I broke glass on in. I don't want the pets or kids to step in it.

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#23

Our Roomba Had A Run-In With Naked Barbie. Naked Barbie Lost

Our Roomba Had A Run-In With Naked Barbie. Naked Barbie Lost

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German Rottweiler#16
Community Member
2 months ago

omi

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#24

My Brand New Roomba Ran Over My Puppy's Poop And Proceeded To "Clean" The Rest Of My Home

My Brand New Roomba Ran Over My Puppy's Poop And Proceeded To "Clean" The Rest Of My Home

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ML
Community Member
2 months ago

There should be poop sensors on the machines. Instant s**t shutdown

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#25

Go Home, Roomba! You’re Drunk

Go Home, Roomba! You’re Drunk

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

If a Roomba can knock it over, the shelf was probably top heavy.

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#26

This Is Carl. He Likes To Squeeze Into Impossible Spots And Then Sleep. This Is His Favorite Spot, Takes 2+ People To Get Him Out

This Is Carl. He Likes To Squeeze Into Impossible Spots And Then Sleep. This Is His Favorite Spot, Takes 2+ People To Get Him Out

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DEKU x TODOROKI
Community Member
2 months ago

How. In. The. World?

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#27

Mother Knew I Wanted A Roomba But Didn't Want To Waste That Much Money On One. So She Found One For A Bargain. Note, It Has Zero Vacuuming Ability

Mother Knew I Wanted A Roomba But Didn't Want To Waste That Much Money On One. So She Found One For A Bargain. Note, It Has Zero Vacuuming Ability

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

So, exactly what does this 'Sweep' machine do, push things about?

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#28

Apparently My Husband Hasn't Learned How To Hide His Charger Cords From "Eva" The Vacuum

Apparently My Husband Hasn't Learned How To Hide His Charger Cords From "Eva" The Vacuum

She sent me a message while I was at work to tell me she was having a bad day and requires assistance.

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Poor Eva

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#29

Bumped The Empty Button After Finishing Vacuuming

Bumped The Empty Button After Finishing Vacuuming

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Carrie Laughs
Community Member
2 months ago

Bad design if it's that easy unfortunately.

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#30

I Hear Screaming Coming From The Living Room, Only To Find My 5-Year-Old Daughter On The Floor With Her Hair All Sucked Up & Tangled In Our iLife Robot Vacuum

I Hear Screaming Coming From The Living Room, Only To Find My 5-Year-Old Daughter On The Floor With Her Hair All Sucked Up & Tangled In Our iLife Robot Vacuum

I couldn't stop laughing the entire time I tried to free her.

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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

I wouldn't have laughed. She legit had hair pulled out.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

I might laugh with relief or with stress. Yes, I've laughed at funerals.

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Sarah
Community Member
2 months ago

That's fake. You can see the completely different skin color ear, and her face is way too shiny. It's a doll.

Carrie Laughs
Community Member
2 months ago

Zoomed in really close and I'm fairly sure you're right.

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Reagan Maher
Community Member
2 months ago

Weird that your doll was screaming 🤔 might want to look into that 😏

The Pansexual MELONLORD
Community Member
2 months ago

That's fake. You can see that 'her' skin is too shiny, her ear is a completely different color, and there's a neck joint.

CanidaeVulpes
Community Member
2 months ago

I know this can happen, but for some reason this almost looks like a doll or mannequin

Treessimontrees
Community Member
2 months ago

That is a doll

Patti Hay
Community Member
2 months ago

That’s a doll

Sargundeep Singh
Community Member
2 months ago

Doesn't it seem like a doll?

WildBerry
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, the skin is weird looking.

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Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

That would be terrifying for a child..or me, let alone painful

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
2 months ago

Ouch, that would hurt!

Mathias Karittke
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a doll.Very shiny skin, different skin color for the ear and the cheek, very clear contour behind the ear and the bright spot where the hair was pulled out looks the same color than the face. I whould not expect that if there was that amount of hair pulled out, it must be some some red or even bleeding.

DEKU x TODOROKI
Community Member
2 months ago

That's mean...

Fred Bigox
Community Member
2 months ago

Why are you laughing at your child in pain. Maybe you shoukd let it run over your hair amnd suck it up, tgen see whats funny #caringparentfail

katboxjanitor
Community Member
2 months ago

A poor safety system does not warrant a laughing parent.

Tiffany Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

Parent of the year

Lorraine Geater
Community Member
2 months ago

Em NOT FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ainsley
Community Member
2 months ago

lmao i thought this was a doll

WildBerry
Community Member
2 months ago

It probably is.

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
2 months ago

OH those situations when you really should be so thoughtful and empathetic, almost to the point of tears.... But... It just doesn't happen. Instead, the giggles and laughter-induced tears spill over. And the kids will never understand until they too are parents.

Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm wondering how something like this would happen in the first place

Daria B
Community Member
2 months ago

Lying on the floor while it's running, most likely.

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Starlee87
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like an American girl doll

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
2 months ago

Did either of you learn anything from this???

backatya
Community Member
2 months ago

it's a savage robot

Mary Maney
Community Member
2 months ago

But howwwwww

Diana Dodd
Community Member
2 months ago

No ... it’s not funny ... but I would definitely have laughed. I’m laughing now just thinking about it. She probably laid down in front of it to see what would happen. She’s five and probably curious! Either one of my three girls would have done just that 🥰

June Dominguez
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol, poor little girl! Hope she and her hair made it through the vacuuming!?

Anonymous Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

When I was like, 5, this happened to me with my brother's toy train.

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
2 months ago

Roombas, the Cabbage Patch Kids of this century.

Beli Keshini
Community Member
2 months ago

Poor, poor girl!

zims
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh that's horrible!

Poppy Petal
Community Member
2 months ago

how? why?

Sarina Greenhaven
Community Member
2 months ago

Sounds like someone's getting an emergency haircut!

Toni
Community Member
2 months ago

thats a doll

Kel Gal
Community Member
2 months ago

That’s not real.

Marigen Beltran
Community Member
2 months ago

Some people laugh out of nervousness

Paula Swanson
Community Member
2 months ago

Look at the bald spot on her head

jevais
Community Member
2 months ago

This horrible and not at all something to laugh about. Poor child, it surely must of hurt her. Strange that a parent finds that their child in distress is so funny. I clearly don't understand some weird humans.

WildBerry
Community Member
2 months ago

It's the same type of person who laughed at the frightened dog and the dog that chewed up the roomba in this series.

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Lara Verne
Community Member
2 months ago

Ouch!

Jasmine Donald
Community Member
2 months ago

poor kid...xD but it looks so funny to me!!!

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
2 months ago

And you waited while you took a picture?

Enalpria
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2 months ago

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#31

Apparently I Found A Loose Thread While Vacuuming

Apparently I Found A Loose Thread While Vacuuming

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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

*just use fabric glue to reattach, hint hint.

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#32

Oh Yeah... A Cliff

Oh Yeah... A Cliff

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Charlotte A.
Community Member
2 months ago

why do the manufacturers seem to think the consumers are vacuuming landscapes?

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#33

My Robot Vacuum Ate A Piece Of Chalk

My Robot Vacuum Ate A Piece Of Chalk

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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

Least it not doggie doodoo.

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#34

This Is What I Woke Up To

This Is What I Woke Up To

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, it's really neat

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#35

When The Robo Vacuum Ruins Its Perfect Track Lines Retuning To Base

When The Robo Vacuum Ruins Its Perfect Track Lines Retuning To Base

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

Why is this room so empty??

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#36

Roomba Tried To Make A Break For It Today

Roomba Tried To Make A Break For It Today

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Tried really hard

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#37

Forgot My Headphones On The Ground While The Roomba Was Running

Forgot My Headphones On The Ground While The Roomba Was Running

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

These are my headphones when I take them out of my pocket

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#38

My Girlfriend Was Wondering Why Her Vacuum Was Not Working Anymore

My Girlfriend Was Wondering Why Her Vacuum Was Not Working Anymore

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DC
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh my ... those brushes take up everything. Basically, they are made to do this...

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#39

My Buddie's Girlfriend Has A Husky And Hasn't Vacuumed For A Few Months This Came Out Of Said Vacuum After

My Buddie's Girlfriend Has A Husky And Hasn't Vacuumed For A Few Months This Came Out Of Said Vacuum After

1eyedwunderweasel Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

How does one not vacuum for a few months?

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#40

Never Vacuum Your Keyboard

Never Vacuum Your Keyboard

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
2 months ago

Prior to going into Security: I was a computer IT / Tech specialist. NEVER vacuum a keyboard, flip it over, and tap the junk out *lightly*, use compressed air, and spray the keyboard, while it is upside down..

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#41

Roomba Has Gone Rogue

Roomba Has Gone Rogue

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Laura Kat
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like the Roomba sucked up the string of the balloon(s) that were tied to the candle holder, and gravity did the rest.

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#42

It Made It Less Than A Meter From The Charger Before Asking To Be Charged Again

It Made It Less Than A Meter From The Charger Before Asking To Be Charged Again

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

This roomba is very needy

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#43

Wife And Teen Daughters Said Vacuum Wasn't Working, Checked Roller Brush

Wife And Teen Daughters Said Vacuum Wasn't Working, Checked Roller Brush

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EA
Community Member
2 months ago

Think this is the worst household chore. Having to de-hair the Hoover!

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#44

Why You Shouldn't Agree To Dogsit When You Have A Robot Vacuum

Why You Shouldn't Agree To Dogsit When You Have A Robot Vacuum

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
Community Member
2 months ago

OH SHI- speak of the devil

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#45

Just Vacuuming The Street In Front Of The 5-Star Hotel

Just Vacuuming The Street In Front Of The 5-Star Hotel

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Blue
Community Member
2 months ago

Prob vacuuming up cigarette butts.

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