I own a roomba and while its cool and saves time and everything, cleaning the counter rotating brushes inside it is bothersome. I have long hair.

I usually open the roomba and remove the brushes, then sit at my desk, the dustbin between my legs and try to grab some hair from it and pull it out.

I've tried applying a paperclip as hook but it didn't help. I tried a nail scissor but its to large to fit inside the smaller parts.

Roomba brushes

Especially the small gaps are difficult (in the above image the upper brush has one very small gap on the right side. This part is full of my hair.

Note: It takes me about 15 - 20 minutes to clean both brushes. That is okay, but I would prefer it to take about 1 - 5 minutes.


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Honestly I usually just use a razor blade for this sort of thing, but if you're concerned about safety and/or damaging the agitators you may want to try a Seam Ripper

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It is a tool that is designed for carefully splitting seams and removing thread/stitching when sewing.

It works well for removing hair and carpet fibers from vacuums because it allows you to "hook" the fibers/hair and cut them loose in a single motion without dragging a sharp edge on the agitator. In case it isn't obvious in the image, the cutting edge is located on the curve between the two points.

  • I can confirm this works well.
    – Mooseman
    Jan 2, 2015 at 12:13
  • I tried it today, works like a charm. I used the seam splitter of my victorinox and was done in like 30 seconds. Feb 6, 2015 at 6:29

In addition to using the seam splitter (apaul) try using an old dinner fork to ease out the hair and fluff from the brush bristles using a combing action.
This brings everything out to the end of the bristles and makes it easy to pinch out, leaving a relatively clean brush.


We've got German Shepherd's (long hair) and our vacuum's are getting continually clogged up. We used to use scissors but have recently tried a RollaReleasa which is great at picking and cutting.

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