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How to clean the brushes from a robot vacuum cleaner

My iRobot Roomba is now running for 8 years and counting!

Mar. 20, 2019 -

Back in 2011 I got myself an iRobot Roomba 555 robot vacuum cleaner to automatically clean my apartment. It's a little circle shaped robot that drives around sucking up dust bunnies. Over the years it has bravely fought the dangers of my apartment... shoes, cables, carpet and belts. It survived and it is still working perfectly! This week it was time for some maintenance.

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Front wheel with black and white pattern
Front wheel with black and white pattern
Flip it around to access the motor
Flip it around to access the motor
Flip the robot vacuum cleaner upside down - note the dust everywhere
Flip the robot vacuum cleaner upside down - note the dust everywhere
Remove all of them, make sure not to lose them (or suck them up during vacuum cleaning...)
Remove all of them, make sure not to lose them (or suck them up during vacuum cleaning...)
Remove dust using the other vacuum cleaner
Remove dust using the other vacuum cleaner
Screws are clearly marked with a triangle
Screws are clearly marked with a triangle

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