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The idea of having a robot to clean your house is nothing new.  Those who are old enough to remember, probably recall Rosie the Robot from the 1960s cartoon, The Jetsons.  She rolled around with her frilly apron, pushing a vacuum.  Who wouldn’t enjoy having a robot effortlessly complete all the chores we hate the most?  In the 1960s the household robot maid was probably as outlandish as speaking through the TV screen like a phone.  We all know that Skype and the Internet have made the latter an everyday convenience, so who knows, maybe one day we’ll all have our very own Rosie?  Until then, there are quite a few ways that modern technology has turned some household chores over to the “bots” to help us get them accomplished.

Robots that Vacuum

Robotic vacuum cleaners have taken the world by storm.  These disc shaped vacuums can be scheduled to run during a specific time every day and will also recharge itself when the battery gets low.  There are a lot of competitors in this space and a variety of options are available at different price points.  You can expect to pay anywhere from $300-600 for a wide range of quality in a robot vacuum.  There are some limitations with these robots, however.  If you have a thick pile on your carpets, it’s hard for these vacuums to adequately cover.  Stairs, pets and noise control can also pose issues to how well a vacuum robot will work in your house.

Robots that Change the Cat Litter

Speaking of most dreaded chores…changing the cat litter box might be at the top of the list.  The Litter Robot senses when the cat has visited and rotates a mixer to sift the deposits into the waste tray.  At $389, it’s an expensive (and bulky) robot, but might make this chore less dreadful…in the end.

Robots Who Mow the Lawn

Mowing the lawn is a chore, that if left untended, can wreak great consequences.  Now for just a few thousand dollars, your son, can set up the robot, establish the map of the yard, and sit back and sip his lemonade.  This electric mower generally requires more annual maintenance than gas-powered mowers.

Reasons to Invest in a Robot

While these are just a few of the categories of household robots available, there might be some very legitimate reasons to invest in a good robot.

 Are you physically unable to do the work yourself?

If you deal with a disability, a robot vacuum or lawnmower might afford you a greater level of independence to maintain your home or yard.

Do you need help maintaining?

These vacuums have come a long way, and will continue to improve.  If you consider them as part of your support team, they can make a difference in cutting down the time of your weekly cleaning schedule.  But if you’re expecting a robot to do the heavy-lifting (so to speak) of the regular cleaning that you do, you’ll probably be disappointed.

Is your Home and Lifestyle Conducive to Robots?

Robot vacuums and similar products aren’t built for larger homes, but if you live in a smaller studio apartment or an apartment, these robots might be a great ally in your fight against dirt.  Also, if you have a pet (or 2 or 3), you know how hard it can be to keep their hair under control.  While they help keep the pet hair under control they can also get easily clogged.  Another unexpected benefit of these robots is that you might be able to start posting some great home videos of pets riding on roombas.

Consider Hiring a Cleaning Crew

Having our own house robot might still be a ways off in the future. The rise of popularity of robots is a reflection of the common desire to lighten the load of our cleaning responsibilities.  Robots can only do so much, but a real-life cleaning crew is always a great option to help you maintain your home or business.  At Simple Clean, we won’t show up in frilly aprons, like Rosie, but you can be assured that a regular visit from our crew will make you smile.  Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Craig Kalucki
Worked in the U.S. Coast guard for 10 years as account and purchasing manager for various districts including Cape May, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Petaluma, CA, and Martha's Vineyard MA.Duties included but were not limited to: Setting up contracts for yearly and quarterly services. Holding a government purchasing agent card, purchasing items up to and over 30K, and approving bids up to 100K Trained in Small Acquisition Procedures, Purchase orders, Reconciliation between multiple accounts. Now the owner of Simple Clean, a premier commercial leaning company based in Sparta Township NJ.

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