How To Clean The Front Wheel Of Roomba? (8 Easy Steps)

Last updated on February 15th, 2024

Ever wondered why your Roomba is not moving as smoothly as it used to? Chances are, the front wheel might be clogged with dirt and debris, which is hindering its performance. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll walk you through the complete process of cleaning your Roomba’s front wheel. Its movement, if hindered, will be restored back. If not, do it anyway to prevent the hindrance.

To clean the front wheel of Roomba, first, remove it from its position by firmly pulling on it. Remove its housing and the axle to make sure debris is not logged anywhere. Use a microfiber cloth and cleaning solution to wipe the wheel. And place the wheel back the way it was.

Why should you clean the front wheel of Roomba?

Front wheel jammed due to dirt and tangled hairs
Front-wheel jammed due to dirt and tangled hairs

The front wheel of Roomba guides it in different directions. It is because of this wheel the vacuum can turn swiftly in any direction. This makes it very important for the entire moving process of the vacuum. Without this wheel, the vacuum could only move forwards and backward. You need to clean and maintain the front wheel of Roomba because:

  • Hair and carpet fibers get tangled around it
  • It could get damaged because of some accident
  • To minimize its wear and tear with regular use

While cleaning, this wheel often picks up carpet fibers or hair, and they get tangled around it. This kind of debris even gets logged inside the wheel, and it creates resistance to smooth movement. So the wheel gets restricted and is unable to move freely. If this happens, the vacuum won’t be able to change directions easily. This will directly affect the cleaning capacity.

So it becomes vital that you dislodge all the debris around the caster wheel and ensure it moves freely. While doing regular maintenance, make sure you check the movement of the front wheel for restriction.

How to remove the caster wheel on a Roomba?

Removing the front wheel
Removing the front wheel

Follow the below steps correctly to take out the caster wheel (front wheel) from your vacuum:

  • To remove the front wheel on your Roomba, first place the Roomba upside down.
  • Make sure you lay a towel under the vacuum so it won’t get any scratches.
  • Once upside down, locate the front wheel. It’s pretty easy to find as it is the only small wheel at the front.
  • Hold the wheel between your thumb and index finger.
  • Now remember you have to do this next step swiftly and in one go. Put all your strength in it and pull the wheel upwards.
  • It should come out along with its axle. If not, then try pulling on it again.

You should be able to remove your front caster wheel this way.

Note: Don’t put pressure on any other part of the Roomba, or you could break it.

Tools required to clean the front wheel

Cleaning a Roomba is an extensive process, and you need a few tools on hand to make it easier. These are simple objects that you would usually find in households. If not, you can purchase them from any nearby store or even Amazon. For cleaning the front wheel of a Roomba, you will need:

  • A microfiber cloth
  • A cleaning solution
  • Scissors
  • Brush

In this section, we will explore how each of these tools can be used for cleaning the front wheel of a Roomba.

Microfibre cloth

Microfiber cloth
Microfiber cloth

A microfiber cloth is a special cloth used for cleaning purposes. It is especially used in areas where you don’t want to get any scratches. Buy a good quality microfiber cloth because you don’t want to scratch your vacuum’s front wheel. It will, in turn, scratch the surface of your floors, which will be a disaster. You will need this cloth for wiping the surface of the front wheel clean, as directed in the next section.

Cleaning solution

Isopropyl alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol

A cleaning solution could be readily bought from the store or made at home. Any alcohol-based cleaning solution would do. If you want to make the solution at home, then simply mix 70% rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, and water in a 1:2:8 ratio. You will have your homemade cleaning solution ready in no time. Spray the cleaning solution on the microfiber cloth and wipe the front caster wheel as directed in the next section.



There’s rarely a household that doesn’t have scissors. For this purpose, we will need small-sized scissors. You have to reach inside small spaces of the caster wheel and cut any strands of hair or carpet fibers that are tricky to get out. Usually, this kind of debris slides out with just your hands. But in certain cases, you have to cut it out.



This should be a very small brush that could easily fit into the castor wheel’s compartment. You have to take this brush and insert it inside the placeholder of the front wheel. Often dust particles and lodged there and it is difficult to get your fingers in. So this brush will do it instead and clear the placeholder.

8 Easy steps to clean the Roomba’s front wheel

Removing the tangled hairs
Removing the tangled hairs

Once you’ve grabbed the tools, follow these steps to clean the front wheel:

Step 1: Firmly pull the caster wheel to remove it from the robot.

Step 2: Spin the wheel with your hand. If it doesn’t spin freely, take it out from its housing and clear any dirt stuck inside the wheel cavity.

Step 3: Push firmly on the axle to completely remove it from the wheel.

Step 4: Inspect the axle for debris or tangled hair and use scissors to clear it if necessary.

Step 5: Clean the wheel thoroughly with a microfiber cloth and cleaning solution to remove any remaining dirt.

Step 6: Insert the axle back into the wheel and ensure both sides snap securely in place.

Step 7: Put the wheel back into the housing. If it keeps falling out, contact iRobot Customer Care for assistance.

Step 8: Finally, install the caster wheel back into your Roomba.

Caster wheel – maintenance and replacement schedule

Roomba needs regular maintenance for all of its components. The caster wheel is no exception. It should be cleaned regularly to ensure free movement of the vacuum. With regular use, this wheel can pick up quite some amount of hair that could restrict its movement.

You don’t have to clean it after every cycle but do it at least once every two weeks.

This wheel undergoes a significant amount of wear and tear during the cleaning process. That’s why, when necessary, you should replace it with a new one. You can buy a new caster wheel from iRobot’s website. You can check the condition of the wheel to determine when to replace it. But iRobot recommends you do it every 12 months.

Also Read: Complete Roomba Maintenance Guide


The caster wheel of a Roomba needs to be cleaned regularly. You have to take it out completely and clean it neatly with a microfiber cloth and cleaning solution. Make sure you place it back firmly. It is important to check the wheel is moving freely so there’s no restriction while cleaning. Do regular maintenance of the front wheel and replace it once a year.

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Mark Thompson

Hi I am Mark, the founder of Smart Home Bulls. Having spent 5 years immersed in the intricacies of smart home gadgets at a leading tech company, I decided to chart my own course side by side along with the job. Enter Smart Home Bulls – the result of my desire to simplify the smart living experience.

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