4 Ways To Clean A Home With Multiple Floors Using A Robot Vacuum


a home with multiple floors

The bigger, the better, right? In Australia, multi-story homes are gradually gaining popularity. As urbanization expands and land availability decreases, the appeal of maximizing floor space on smaller lots is becoming increasingly attractive. While not as prevalent as in other countries, the trend towards building upwards is a practical response to evolving urban landscapes.

However, with the elegance of multiple floors comes the daunting task of cleaning. A multi-level home means more ground to cover, turning a simple chore into a significant time and physical burden. To many of us, a clean home equates to a healthier environment, making this challenge even more pronounced.

Luckily, nowadays, we have robotic vacuum cleaners to help. These smart devices have transformed the labor-intensive task into an almost effortless experience. That said, the market still lacks a smart vacuum that can independently navigate and clean multiple floors, leaving homeowners seeking innovative solutions to make their cleaning routine more manageable. Today, we will show you four simple ways to clean your multi-floor home using a robot vacuum.

Why You Need A Robot Vacuum For Multi-Floor Home Layout

The first thing that comes to mind is: saving time and physical effort. Cleaning a multi-floor home can cost you hours spent pushing machines around your house, and it can become burdensome when you have to do this every other day—imagine the back pain. An automatic vacuum can automate this routine, sparing you time to do other things you love.

Moreover, you're most likely to have different types of flooring and layouts on each floor. You can trust a robotic vacuum cleaner to save the map of multiple floors, and they are designed to recognize and handle a variety of surfaces, including hardwood, carpet, and tiles.

What sets these devices apart is their advanced technology. Many smart vacuums allow you to program specific cleaning routines for each level of your home, such as setting it to tackle the living room carpet in the morning and the kitchen tiles in the evening, just as you prefer. Plus, you can easily control everything from your phone.

Best DEEBOT Robot Vacuum For Multiple Floor Home


deebot x2 omni mapping

DEEBOT X2 OMNI is the latest addition to the ECOVACS DEEBOT family. This powerful model features the newest technology, perfect for multi-floor homes that often house families with children, pets, and seniors. These diverse living situations can lead to various scenarios during the cleaning process. Equipped with dual-laser LiDAR and the AINA deep learning model, DEEBOT X2 OMNI learns about and quickly responds to complex indoor environments, including situations like running kids and pets, ensuring the safety of your loved ones while keeping your floors spotless.


deebot t20 omni robot vacuum

For those with different types of flooring at home, especially delicate carpets and rugs, DEEBOT T20 OMNI is an excellent choice. It's the first model in the DEEBOT family to feature auto-lift mopping functions. When it detects a carpeted area, this auto vacuum and mop will lift its mop heads to avoid moisture damage, then lower them back down on hard surfaces to continue cleaning. Its TrueMapping technology, which utilizes LIDAR and dToF sensors to provide over 2x coverage and 4x precision of LIDAR alone. This creates a detailed plan for every room, down to each piece of furniture, even as small as a potted plant. The result is a more efficient and thorough clean with no bumping into furniture, even in the dark.


deebot n10 plus automatic vacuum

DEEBOT N10 PLUS is an all-rounded smart vacuum and mop that offers high performance without breaking the budget, making it perfect for having one on each floor of your multi-floor home. It features a maximum suction power of 4,300Pa1, capable of removing dirt and dust stuck deep in floor crevices or embedded in carpets, all while maintaining a low noise level. The model also includes an auto-empty station equipped with a 2.5L disposable dust bag that can hold up to months' worth of dust and debris. Moreover, its upgraded 5,200mAh battery allows for extended cleaning, up to 300 minutes on a single charge2, easily covering areas up to 400m².

Method 1: Use Vacuums Robots with Edge Detection Features

A common concern with robotic vacuum cleaners is their potential to accidentally fall down stairs, a problem frequently observed in earlier models. To combat this, consider one equipped with edge-detecting features. ECOVACS DEEBOT robot vacuums, for instance, come with advanced cliff sensors, allowing them to measure distances and calculate the time needed to approach edges at their current speed, ensuring they turn back in time.

Method 2: Map the Layout of Each Floor with robot vacuum

deebot robot vacuum navigating

Innovations in smart vacuums have led to models with advanced functions, and mapping is one of them: equipped with sensors and AI-based algorithms, these vacuums can quickly learn the space and create virtual maps of your floors on the app. Premier models like the DEEBOT X2 OMNI utilize dual-laser LiDAR with the AINA model to further enhance mapping abilities, creating precise 3D maps. You can simply tap on the app to send the robot to clean any area in the room. Based on AI visual recognition of room types, floor materials, and historical cleaning data, it even proactively recommends the most fitting cleaning method for different levels of your home.

With multiple floor support available via a mobile app, you can save and name the map of each floor, then set up zoned cleaning for specific rooms and areas, tailoring the vacuum's route to each floor's layout.

Method 3: Install Docking Stations on Different Floors

To use an auto vacuum in a multi-story home, the most common method is to manually move the device to each floor for cleaning. With a docking station on every floor, the device can efficiently continue its cleaning cycle after recharging, ensuring thorough cleaning of large areas and multiple rooms without manual intervention, hence eliminates the need to move the automatic vacuum between floors for recharging. Besides, this arrangement allows for spot cleaning and manual control without disrupting the vacuum's navigation system. Standard charging docks automatically charge the device, while advanced auto-empty versions can self-empty the dustbin, and the multifunctional ones even clean the mops. However, it is noteworthy that not all stations can be used in this method, as certain stations like our OMNI station is specifically designed to work with only one single robot vacuum.

Method 4: Use a Fleet of robot vacuums to Clean Multiple Floors

monitoring deebot robot vacuum on the app

For a truly hands-free cleaning experience in multi-floor homes, why not use a fleet of auto vacuums, one for each floor? While this approach can be costlier, it eliminates the need to move vacuums between floors manually. To manage costs, consider budget-friendly models like the DEEBOT N10 PLUS, which give all-rounded cleaning without sacrificing performance for budget. This method provides an efficient, autonomous cleaning solution, perfect for the hustle and bustle of modern living.


Can robot vacuums clean multiple floors?

Robotic vacuum cleaners can clean multiple floors, but they typically require manual relocation between levels. Advanced models with mapping capabilities can remember different floor layouts and allow you to set cleaning instructions to each area, making them efficient for homes with more than one story.

Do robot vacuum clean multiple rooms?

Yes, auto vacuums can clean multiple rooms. They use sensors and mapping technology to navigate and learn room layouts, ensuring they systematically clean each area before moving to the next, all within a single run.


  1. 4,300Pa: This data comes from ECOVACS laboratory. The suction power of DEEBOT N10 and DEEBOT N10 PLUS can reach 4,300Pa.
  2. 300 minutes: The DEEBOT N10 PLUS features an upgraded 5,200mAh battery, giving it a maximum runtime of 300 minutes on a single charge while sweeping on silent mode on hard floors.

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