Homeowner arrives home to a VERY unwelcome surprise – thanks to rogue robot vacuum

But feat not it was cleaned up in no time, with a surprisingly simple cleaning solution...

Robots are the future when it comes to cleaning our homes, apparently. Forget Mr Muscle, robots are the ones doing the jobs we hate. But as this homeowner found out the hard way, these smart gadgets don't always do the jobs without causing their fair share of mayhem.

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Samantha Smith got a very unwelcome surprise when she returned home, to find her robot vacuum cleaner had set off to clean the floors and in the process 'dragged' a tin of paint around the kitchen – black paint nonetheless.

The result is FAR from a masterpiece. When things don't go to plan with smart cleaning gadgets...

Shocking robot vacuum paint spill...

kitchen room with black spilled paint and white tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC \Samantha Smith)

It's every homeowners worst nightmare, black paint spilled all over immaculate white floor tiles! (Insert horrified emoji face here).

‘I set "bop bop" off in the morning – we have cats, so its great to get random hay bails of cat fur. We live in an apartment so he vacuums the whole place’ explains Samantha. ‘We had been doing touch ups during lockdown with my Abigail Ahern Hudson Black paint in the sitting room. We had the tin and brushed etc to one side waiting to be put away,’ she explains. You can see where this story is going! ‘I came home and ‘bop bop’ had knocked it over then dragged it round the kitchen!’

Her immediate reaction was, as you can imagine, unprintable. But she remained calm because she knew that it could be cleaned up.

Miraculously she just used soapy water to clean up the water-based paint.

cleaning black spilled paint with cleaning cloth

(Image credit: Samantha Smith)

Luckily for Samantha she's a tile expert - working as a design consultant at Westerhope Tile Centre so tiles are pretty much her life she tells Ideal Home.

Samantha tells us ‘there's nothing I don't know about tiles. Soapy water and that's it! I did also have a spray bottle of just normal kitchen cleaner too but the soapy water was good. Didn't take long to clean, just a bit longer than cleaning the floor normally.'

Fortunately because she knew it would clean off Samantha was able to see the funny side. ‘I did laugh. I knew it would come off the tiles as they are porcelain, the grout is epoxy grout so it's tougher than cement based grouts’ It’s for this reason that the paint didn’t stain the pristine grout either.

Thank goodness Samantha is a tile expert is all we can say.

Samantha's stylish kitchen before the paint spill

It's a good job it all ended well. As you can see, the kitchen is far too stylish to have been ruined by the robot vacuum paint spill!

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.