How to Clean Roomba Side Wheels: It’s Doesn’t Have to Be So Difficult

How to Clean Roomba Side Wheels: It’s Doesn’t Have to Be So Difficult

When was the last time you thought of the state of your Roomba’s wheels? Cleaning Roomba side wheels is usually the last thing on our minds, especially with so many other household chores on the docket.  

But knowing how to clean Roomba side wheels can prevent your little cleaning bot from getting stuck at the most inconvenient times.

So this article will give you the 411 on Roomba side wheel cleaning. And besides learning how to clean the side wheels on your Roomba, I will show you how to remove the side wheels as well. You will also find out how to clean the front or caster wheels on the Roomba here!

It’s pretty simple, so let’s get started!

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Why Clean Your Roomba Wheels?

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Before knowing how to remove Roomba wheels, let’s take a minute to examine why you have to clean them in the first place. Every time your Roomba runs around on the floor, the wheels will pick up hair, debris, dust, and dirt from the ground.

Over time, these things will clog up the wheels, tangling up in them. If you have a ‘Roomba right wheel stuck’ situation, there’s a good chance that the wheels have dirt messing them up.

To avoid this from happening, you should give your Roomba wheels a good cleaning every 2-3 weeks, depending on how dirty they tend to get.

Now that you know why you should be cleaning your Roomba wheels, let’s look at how to remove a Roomba wheel.

Removing and Cleaning Roomba Side Wheels

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Before you remove and clean your Roomba’s wheels, make sure you have some essential tools. 

What You Will Need:

  • A soft sponge or microfiber cloth
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Rubber/Latex gloves (optional)
  • Ziplock bags (optional-you will need them if you’re replacing the wheels)

You’ll only have to remove the side wheels if they are extremely dirty, or have something like hair is badly tangled up in them. This will also help when you need to do a Roomba wheel rubber replacement.

Removing Roomba Side Wheels:

Here’s how you can detach the Roomba side wheels and separate them from the rest of the unit.

  1. Start by removing the side brush. There is a single bolt that holds the side brush in place. Use your Philips screwdriver to loosen it and place it in a Ziploc bag if you’re worried about losing it.
  2. Next, remove the base plate by unscrewing the four bolts.
  3. Each side wheel is held in place by three smaller screws, so you need a smaller screwdriver to loosen them. Then, tug the wheel compartment away from the Roomba body.
  4. Once the wheels are removed, you can clean or replace them.

Cleaning Roomba Side Wheels:

This will show you how to clean out Roomba side wheels like a pro:

  1. Turn your Roomba over so you can access the wheels easily and place it on a flat surface. You can also set it on a towel or old sheet so that dirt and dust will not mess up your workspace.
  2. Use your sponge or microfiber towel to gently wipe away any dirt and debris sticking to the wheels.
  3. Gently turn each wheel, wiping the sides and tracks until there is no dust visible.
  4. If there is any debris trapped below the wheels, follow the previous to remove the wheels and clean underneath them.
  5. If your Roomba wheels are extremely filthy or worn beyond repair, get Roomba replacement wheels and swap out the old ones.

Cleaning Roomba Caster Wheels:

The caster wheels keep the Roomba zooming around smoothly on your carpets and floors. These can get dirty too, and they need periodic cleaning.

  1. Gently pull out the caster wheel compartment with a firm tug. This will come loose easily.
  2. Take out the wheel from the compartment.
  3. Use your lightly dampened sponge or microfiber cloth to wipe down the wheel and remove the dirt and debris.
  4. Also, wipe the base of the caster wheel to get rid of any hair and grime stuck there.

Quick Cleaning Your Roomba Wheels

To maintain your Roomba wheels and keep them clean, all you need to do is give them an occasional touch-up with a lightly dampened cloth or a baby wipe. This is what you need to do:

  1. Stuff a corner of the baby wipe or cloth into the well of the wheel.
  2. Slowly and carefully turn the wheels by hand. The wheel should start to grip the baby wipe, pulling it through the wheel well.
  3. Continue turning the wheel until the wipe has passed around the entire wheel well a few times.
  4. Once you’re satisfied that the wheel is clean, gently pull out the wipe as you turn the wheel. Don’t yank it out as this will tear the wipe. Slowly turn the wheel and pull the wipeout as it emerges.


Below you’ll find answers to questions I get asked the most about cleaning Roomba wheels.

01. Why is My Roomba Right Wheel Not Working?

Sometimes the Roomba’s right wheel gets stuck because there is hair or other debris tangled up in it. In this case, removing the hair and cleaning the wheel will solve the issue.

02. Why is the Roomba Side Wheel Not Spinning?

This usually happens because dirt sticking to the wheel and its compartment causes the wheel to get stuck. Removing the grime and any hair or debris will get the side wheels functioning again as usual.

03. Can I Use Detergent to Clean Roomba Wheels?

It is best to avoid harsh cleaning products when cleaning your Roomba wheels as they can seep into the body of the Roomba and damage the electrical components inside. Instead, it is best to use a damp cloth or wipe to clean the wheels.

To End

Well, didn’t I say cleaning Roomba wheels was no big deal? Knowing how to clean Roomba side wheels extends the lifespan and functionality of your device, ensuring that it cleans properly without needing any major repairs. 

It also prevents the Roomba from tracking dirt around the house as it cleans. So do your Roomba wheels look rather grimy? Why not follow the steps mentioned here and show them some love?

Or maybe it’s time for some overall Roomba maintenance like cleaning the filters or checking whether you’ve been charging it the right way.

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