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Litter-Robot: Cleaning Your Litter-Robot
WATCH VIDEO TUTORIAL: How to clean your Litter-Robot
Litter-Robot III Open Air, or LR 3 for version 3, is made with standard plastics. The liner is made out of PVC. We recommend cleaning the unit as often as needed, as the frequency will be different for every household based on number of cats, litter used and climate. Simply wiping it down regularly with a damp paper towel or lightly damp cloth, will generally keep your unit looking new and clean on the outside. Using a mild detergent is recommended. Do not use bleach on the Litter-Robot, as this can cause the plastic to degrade. Common household cleaners can be used; again, avoid bleach and do not spray directly onto the unit.
To keep the Litter-Robot well maintained and help minimise odour, a full deep clean is required from time to time, depending on number of cats, litter used and climate. The process has been designed to be simple, and is essentially washing your cat litter tray.
The globe should be removed and washed, and the base wiped down with a dry or damp cloth as needed. Always turn off the Robot using the ON/OFF button on the control panel, and unplug the black power cord from the back of the base, prior to any deep cleaning.
There are no electronics in the globe or waste drawer, so you can soak these a tub or hose them down.
Applying your detergent cleaner to the liner and letting it sit for 10 minutes will help with any residue that is difficult to remove. Using a soft dust pan style brush will help clean well, without damaging the liner surface.
Once you're finished cleaning the globe, be sure that it is completely dry before adding litter. If you are having issues with litter sticking to your liner, a spray and wipe down (to remove residue) with Canola or similar cooking oil after wash and dry can help restore the surface.
While the globe and waste drawer (if washed) are drying, you can use a vacuum to remove excess dry litter from the base, including any cavities. You can also lift and turn the base upside down and shake out any loose litter, and then sweep or vacuum your floor.
Do not submerge the base or bonnet in water. We highly recommend cleaning these with a damp rag or paper towel. Avoid wetting any of the electronics or metal pieces, and be very gentle if wiping any of the electronics. Do clean the bonnet and base contacts to ensure there is good power flow, and routinely inspect for wear. Again, do not spray any liquids directly onto the base or bonnet to avoid damaging the electronics. If you find excess build-up of litter, you can vacuum it up prior to wiping it down to avoid litter streaking.
While wiping down the base, we recommend checking your DFI lenses. These are located just inside the waste opening on the base of the unit, on the underside of the top of the base. If you see any residue on the clear plastic, wipe it off and make sure that the lenses are clean. Debris may cause the DFI to indicate a full drawer regardless of the waste in the drawer. If you need to access under the clear cover, a q-tip or ear bud (dry) can be used, taking care to not damage the electronic circuit board (green), or scratch the covers as they are perspex.
Do review and if needed, clean your pinch detectors if needed. These are located on the left side of the waste opening, on the upper side of the base top, and are under a light plastic cover. TAKE CARE to not pull on the cover, as it is fragile and can break easily. Pushing in will help open the metal connectors and clear debris. If needed, an emery board, piece of fine sandpaper, or q-tip can be used to clean where the two metal parts touch, as clean contact is needed for good power flow.
Once you are done cleaning your unit, let it dry fully and then reassemble it. If it is not dry, the litter will clump prematurely and may get clogged in the ports or litter pocket. Add your litter to the fill ridge line and let the unit complete an initial cycle. This will ensure that the automated cat sensor is ready for your cat's next visit.
If washing your waste drawer, also wash your carbon filter. Gently clean water rinse (no detergent) your carbon filter and let it sun dry. Try the sniff test, and if there is any odour still, order a replacement, and refit the filter until the replacement arrives.
You can access the underside of the liner and bottom half of the globe casing, by removing the small black bolt under the entry lip. The liner will drop down if you rotate the globe into the dump position, and you can wash the underside easily. Refit and replace the bolt when reassembling.
If you still have odour in your globe after cleaning, you may find the Cleaning Spray (see accessories) helpful. Spray onto the cleaned liner, and let it dry, before adding new litter. If you are having issues, review your litter, check the liner for scratches and scoring, and ensure you are washing your globe regularly. Also inspect the joint where the liner is fitted, and the channel through the globe where the black key is fitted, if you have cats that spray above the litter line, as you may have seepage that can be cleaned by removing the black key, or if needed, removing the liner (do not do this without reviewing liner installation, including information on magnets in the globe track).
There is no need to thrown out your litter when deep cleaning. My routine is:
- put in a clean liner for the waste drawer
- press EMPTY to dump the remaining litter into the waste drawer
- put out the waste drawer for use as a manual litter tray whilst cleaning the Robot
- once the Robot is cleaned and dry and reassembled, tip the litter from liner into the Robot, and let it cycle to clean, after replacing waste drawer with liner in place
- top up the globe as needed, press RESET and be ready for another no-scooping period