Although the Litter Robot will greatly reduce the amount of litter box cleaning and maintenance necessary, you will still have to clean your cat’s litter robot. Cleaning Litter Robot is necessary to prevent bacteria from forming which can be harmful to your cat or cause odors. Although cleaning Litter Robot is crucial, it doesn’t have to be complicated. As long as you keep up with cleaning, you should be able effectively clean the litter robot in under an hour. So you’re wondering exactly how to clean litter robot open air? Keep reading!
When Should You Clean Your Litter Robot?
How often you will need to clean your litter robot will really come down to your personal circumstance. Ideally you will want to clean your litter robot at least every 1-3 months, but depending on your lifestyle and your cats’ routines, it may have to be more often than that.
The first factor to keep in mind to determine how often you should clean it is how many cats you have. If you only have one cat you will, of course, not need to clean your litter robot as often as someone who has 3 cats sharing the litter.
Someone with one cat may only have to clean every 3 months, while someone with multiple cats may notice it needs a cleaning every couple weeks.
The other factor to keep in mind to determine how frequently you need to clean your litter robot is your cat or cats’ lifestyle. An indoor cat will be using their litter robot far more often than an outdoor cat. When you first bring home your machine, it is best to check in to see how often your cats use it and how dirty it’s getting to gage how often you need to clean.
How to Clean Litter Robot: Tools You Need
- A Source of Water
Before you begin washing, you will need to decide where you will be washing it. You will need a water source, whether that be from your shower or an outdoor hose. If you are cleaning it indoors, it is best to clean it in a bathtub to prevent water from splashing everywhere and with a handheld showerhead to make it easier to maneuver around the machine.
When you are choosing a soap, you need to avoid any harsh antibacterial soaps. Although you will want to get rid of unsafe bacteria when cleaning, most antibacterial soaps contain chemicals, such as triclosan, which can be toxic for cats. Overall, to ensure your cat’s safety, stick to a softer hand soap rather than a harsh antibacterial one that you may use to clean other things in your household.
- A Brush
Although you can clean the litter robot with a rag or sponge, you will have a far easier time with a brush. This is because the brush bristles will be able to get in between the crevices that you couldn’t reach with a sponge or rag. To make maneuvering easier, it is best to get a brush with a longer handle.
Ideally, you will also want to find a brush with bristles that fall somewhere between rigid and soft. A great brush choice to deep clean is a bottle brush, which has a longer handle and middle-ground bristles.
- Paper Towels or Drying Rags
This material is technically optional since you can just allow it to air dry after cleaning. Paper towels or drying rags are only necessary for cat owners who can’t leave their cats without a litter for the time it would take the litter robot to dry.
Litter Robot Cleaning Instructions: Follow These Steps!
How to wash Litter Robot? See these steps below:
- Empty it
Before you begin cleaning anything, it is crucial that you remove all of the litter into a litter tray or separate container. You may want to use a dry brush or a vacuum to remove any loose litter pieces that may have gotten caught in the ridges. While you are emptying it out, be sure to remove the carbon filter and the bag as well.
- Take Apart
The next crucial step, before you begin introducing water, is to disassemble the machine. This is not only necessary so that you can get a deep clean that you wouldn’t be able to achieve if the robot is assembled, but also because the base contains all of the electric components.
- Clean the Base
Seeing as the base contains all of the litter robot’s electrical, you cannot clean it with the rest of the pieces. Instead it is best to just use a damp rag, sponge or cloth with some water and a very mild soap or cleaner. Wipe down the base’s exterior including the indicator lights, but be sure to avoid getting water anywhere near the chip connectors and electrical components.
- Wash the Globe
Now you can bring all of the pieces, excluding the base, into the bathtub or outdoors where you will be cleaning them. Both the globe’s interior and exterior will need to be cleaned, although the exterior really doesn’t get too dirty and will only need a wipe to remove dust. The interior of the globe is where you really need to take your time and ensure a deep clean.
Use just a little bit of hand soap, first without a brush (either with your hands, or a sponge/cloth/rag) and ensure every spot of the globe gets hit with some soap. Once the globe is covered with soap, use the brush to really clean the globe, getting into the crevices. At this stage, remember to clean the rubber liner and the internal protective shield, which can often be forgotten.
When cleaning, be sure to avoid grabbing the globe by the back rotating mechanism which may come loose if you use it as a grip while cleaning. Rather, hold the globe by it’s open base, which will allow you a firmer grip and won’t cause any pieces to come apart.
Once you feel you have used the brush to rub in your soap into every nook and cranny or the litter robot’s globe, rinse it off with your handheld shower head or hose and repeat the process one more time.
Although it may feel a little bit excessive to deep clean the globe again, the whole process shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes and cleaning it a second time is worth it to ensure your litter robot is properly cleaned which will prevent issues for your cat down the line. Once you have finished washing the globe, you can set it aside on a towel and move onto the next pieces.
- Wash the Waste Drawer, Ramp and Step Mat
After you are done with the globe, you can move onto the rest of the pieces which includes the waste drawer, the ramp and the step mat.
Assuming you have removed the carbon filters that were in the waste drawer, cleaning this piece should be fairly easy. Simply use a small amount of soap and your brush to wipe down the waste drawer, ensuring you get between all of the ridges, and then rinse it off and place it aside with the globe.
Some people find they can achieve a deeper clean by soaking the waste drawer in a separate bucket of warm water and a little bit of a stronger cleaning soap (some even use bleach.) This likely isn’t necessary if you keep up with cleaning your litter robot, but if it has been a while since your last cleaning, you may find it necessary to resort to the waste drawer in the bucket method.
Cleaning the ramp and the step mat is quite simple as well. Just be sure to use your soft hand soap and your brush to reach every nook and cranny that litter can often get stuck in. The ramp and step mat are the pieces that likely stay the cleanest, so focus most of your energy on the globe and waste drawer. Once you are brushing the ramp and step mat, rinse it off with water and place it with the globe and waste drawer.
- Dry the Litter Robot
Once you have finished washing the pieces, excluding the base, you will need to dry them off before you can reassemble. How you dry the machine is truly up to you, but it is easiest just to leave it to air dry for a few hours. If you have access to an outdoor space and it is warm outdoors, you can place it in the sun to speed up the drying process.
If your cats can’t be left alone without a litter box for a few hours, you may want to use paper towels or dry cloths to dry off. However, it is important if you choose to hand dry the litter robot, that you dry off every part since you can’t have excess water drip down into the electrical base.
- Reassemble the Litter Robot
Once you are sure that the litter robot is fully dry, you can reassemble the pieces. Be sure to add your carbon filter and bag in the waste drawer and that you fully lock the globe into place. Once reassembled you can add in your litter and plug it back in.
Litter Robot Cleaning & Maintenance Tips
Although a litter robot cleaning is only necessary every 1-3 months, it is recommended that you clean out the waste drawer every 7-10 days. Knowing when to clean your washer drawer is simple, since when it is full, the indicator light will alert you.
You should also expect to replace your carbon filter every couple of months. How often you will need to replace your carbon filter can only be decided on by your sense of smell, which should inform you when the litter robot’s carbon filter is no longer effective.
Finally to ensure your litter robot cleaning process is as simple as possible, do not forget to fill it whenever you empty the waste drawer. This will prevent you from having to clean up cat waste that has caked on.
Although it is a self-cleaning litter box, there certainly is some maintenance involved. Just follow these litter robot cleaning instructions. Although cleaning your litter robot is crucial for your cat’s health, it is a fairly simple process. Plus, seeing as it only needs to be done once every few months or so, it isn’t a huge chore. Follow the steps above to develop a routine and cleaning your litter robot will become a breeze in no time. Now you know how to wash your litter robot!