How to Empty & Clean a Shark Robot Vacuum?

How to Empty & Clean a Shark Robot Vacuum?

It is necessary to maintain a robot vacuum. A lot more often than not, this entails much more than just emptying the dust canister. When using a robot vacuum, you must also deal with sensors that need to be kept clean.

I’ve chosen to offer an extensive guide for maintaining a Shark robot vacuum. This tutorial covers the best techniques for emptying the robot vacuum, how to clean the filters, and when to replace parts.

Why Should I Clean My Shark Robot Vacuum?

A vacuum cleaner’s maintenance is crucial, especially if it’s a robot vacuum cleaner. Here, you have to properly clean a number of parts that are involved. Consider wheels, various (side) brushes, and sensors.

The following issues are frequently avoided by keeping a Shark robot vacuum in good condition:

  • Nasty, smelly odors
  • Increased dust emissions
  • Less good obstacle detection
  • Scratch your floor
  • Reduction of suction power

In order to prevent the aforementioned issues, it is wise to learn more about the cleaning functions of the Shark robot vacuum cleaner.

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How To Empty And Clean Shark Robot Vacuum

Emptying and cleaning Shark robot’s dust bin/cup

Let’s begin emptying the robot vacuum. A robot vacuum cleaner frequently has a dust container that is much smaller than, say, a canister vacuum cleaner. Thus, following each cleaning, the dust container will need to be emptied.

Press both release tabs and slide the dust bin out to empty the Shark robot’s dust cup. Empty its contents while holding it atop a garbage can. Shake it gently against the garbage can to get everything out.

We advise turning on “Evacuate and Resume is on” if your Shark robot is connected to the phone app and you keep getting error notifications with the robot’s dust cup. This enables your Shark robot to pick up cleaning where it left off after 30 minutes and return to the base to empty its dust bin.

Only Shark robots with a Self-Empty base have the “Evacuate and Resume” feature, which is advised for homes with pets and lots of debris.

Optional: Empty Shark Base

You must also empty a self-emptying robot vacuum cleaner, such as the Shark IQ with the charging and emptying station. I can say from experience that you will have to empty the Shark Base about every two weeks.

Follow the steps below to accomplish this.

  1. Click the button on top of the Shark Base to slide out the dust container on the left
  2. Hold the dust container over the trash can and only then open the lid to empty it
  3. Gently tap the back of the dust container to remove any remaining dirt and dust

Moreover, don’t assume that you won’t ever need to take the dust container out of your Shark again. you should keep checking it every now and then for dirt. Additionally, it doesn’t harm to occasionally run a clean, dry cloth through it.

Cleaning the Shark robot’s filter

After emptying the dust container on the left, we now need to clean the filter on the right. The filter is instantly visible if you click the lid on the right that is located up high.

Slide the filter from the Shark Base and give it a thorough water washing. Use caution when doing this to prevent damaging the filter. After cleaning, allow it to completely dry for at least 24 hours before using it again.

Cleaning the self-cleaning brush roll

To maximize the Shark Robot Vacuum vacuum cleaner’s performance, various frequencies must be maintained for the brushes, charging contacts, cliff, and floor tracking and full bin sensors, front-wheel, side wheels, side brushes, and iAdapt navigation camera sensors.

Cleaning the sensors and charging pads

Whether it is a Shark IQ, Shark AI, Shark ION, or Shark EZ, your robot is a highly developed, high-tech device. For the best performance and navigation, you must however keep its sensors clean.

Periodically use a dry cloth to wipe the sensors clean. Clean the metal charging contacts on the bottom of your Shark robot to make sure it charges properly. Additionally, it’s critical to keep the Shark robot’s dock clean so that it can connect to the robot and charge without interference.

Shark Robot Vacuum

Cleaning the Shark robot’s side brushes

A vacuum cleaner’s brushes can easily get tangled up in hair. A brush’s ability to suction is negatively impacted if it rotates poorly. For instance, cleaning up animal hair will be more difficult, and a lot of dirt may still be present on the floor.

There are numerous brushes on a Shark robot vacuum. For instance, the robot vacuum cleaner has two side brushes on either side of it and a sizable motorized floor brush on the bottom.

The floor brush can be removed from the vacuum cleaner with a simple click, and then hairs can be collected. The side brushes are also simple to clean: just wipe the ends with a dry cloth.

Cleaning the front caster wheel and two drive wheels

Make sure to regularly clean and replace the front caster wheel. Using a screwdriver or similar tool, separate the front caster wheel from its assembly to remove the front caster wheel from the Shark robot. One cannot take apart the assembly. Before reinstalling the caster wheel inside the wheel assembly, clean the interior of the wheel housing and remove any debris. It is simple to clean the drive wheels. The wheels only need a few rotations and a dry cloth wipe down. 

Replacing the battery

Please make sure that the robot is off if you ever need to change the battery in the Shark. The battery door’s screws should be removed with a Phillips head screwdriver. After that, replacing the battery is as simple as unplugging the old one. You’re good to go after replacing the cover and screws.

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When Should I Clean Out The Shark Robot Vacuum Bin?

It is advised that the Shark Robot Vacuum bin be emptied after every use. Bins on robot vacuums have a limited capacity for dirt before the sucking mechanism stops working. The dustbins on the compact robot models are much smaller than those on those larger vacuums, necessitating much more frequent emptying. In fact, it’s a good idea to empty them after the machine cycles through three times to make sure they’re always ready to use. You might need to empty them even more frequently if the house is big or if there are pets.


Emptying the trash is one of the essential tasks you should always give your Shark Robot Vacuum to ensure that it lasts a long time. The trash can be emptied without much difficulty, thankfully. Make sure to complete this task after each Shark Robot Vacuum cleaning cycle.

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