We all love the feeling of coming home to a freshly vacuumed house but with our busy lifestyles, most of us are lucky to get around to cleaning our floors once a week. Imagine how great it would feel to come home to clean floors every single day. If you are time poor, hate coming home to a dirty house and would rather spend your precious spare time on leisurely pursuits rather than cleaning, a robot vacuum cleaner could be the home cleaning solution for you. Having your house cleaned by a robot is no longer science fiction. There are several robotic vacuum cleaners on the market offering excellent value for money. All you need to do is pop in your robo vac’s batteries and program its settings via the controls on the remote control or the unit itself and the device will then operate autonomously. Robot vacuums use multiple sensors to negotiate their way around objects, prevent them from falling off ledges and stairs, and to detect dirt, dust and hair on your floor. Their sensors also enable them to adjust their settings accordingly as they move from tiles, to vinyl, timber, carpets and up onto rugs, making them suitable for different flooring surfaces. These appliances are powered by rechargeable batteries and will return to their docking station independently to recharge when their batteries are running low. A virtual “wall” or “guard” device, projects a beam only the robot can see, creating a barrier to confine the cleaner to a particular area – this accessory is included with some models but needs to be purchased separately for others. Robo vacs can be programmed to meet your individual cleaning needs. You can set the cleaner to operate on the days and times you choose or to clean particular areas of your home. The device can even be programmed to clean in specific patterns including spiraling for spot cleaning, running only along walls or zigzagging across a room. If you have a robotic vacuum cleaner, you will need to regularly empty its dirt receptacle and remove any dust or hairs from its filters and rotating brush. Since the device is only small and may be operating almost every day, you will need to carry out this maintenance more often than you would on a regular vacuum cleaner, but this is a small price to pay for the time you will be saving on cleaning. Robotic vacuum cleaners are most effective on hard floor surfaces and are best suited to single-level homes. If you had one running in your home everyday it would definitely help to stop dirt and dust from building-up. But ultimately, robo vacs are no substitute for a thorough clean with a standard vacuum cleaner – especially on carpets and rugs. Nevertheless, these devices will help you to reduce the overall time you will need to spend cleaning your home, making them well worth the investment.