The Cleaning Machine is one of the Companion Quests in The Outer Worlds. Companion Quests are optional quests that players can chose to complete in order to further their relationship with party NPCs or their alliances.
You found a non-operational sanitation and maintenance automechanical on the Unreliable. If you can get it running again, it may prove useful.
The Cleaning Machine Objectives
- Ask ADA about the SAM Unit
You found a defunct sanitation and maintenance automechanical in the supply closet upstairs on the Unreliable. A cursory search of the unit revealed the name, SAM, but little else. ADA may know more
- Search Hawthorne's Terminal
ADA suggested that the ships's former captain, Alex Hawthorne, may have kept information about his attempts to modify or repair SAM on the terminal in the Captain's Quarters.
- Find and Acid Steeper
You found entries on Hawthorne's terminal in the Captain's Quarters regarding his attempts to turn SAM into a combat-capable unit. hawthorne planned to replace SAM's S.U.D.S Stepper with an Acid Steeper but never picked up the part from the Roseway.
- Install the Acid Steeper
Now that you have the Acid teeper part needed to modify SAM, all that remains is to return to the Unreliable and swap it out with the factory default S.U.D.S. Steeper
The Cleaning Machine Walkthrough
This quest can be unlocked after you have left the Emerald Vale and are on the main quest Passage to Anywhere. Go up the ladder of the ship toward the captain quarters and then take the stairs up to a further level and inspect the inactive machine in the supply closet.
Speak with ADA on board the ship and she will tell you to read the captain's logs on the computer in the captain's quarters about the machine. Back in your quarters, look for entries marked "SAM" and read them to gain 6300 XP and you'll learn that you need to find an Acid Steeper, which requires you to travel to Roseway in Terra 2.
Travel to Roseway Gardens and find the Storage Facility, located South from the landing pad. Within it you'll fight several Marauder enemies. You'll find an Armory Note and learn that you need Storage Facility Passcode to get into the area with the parts. You can find the passcode by hacking the terminal in Auntie-Biotics Lab.
Return to the Unreliable to finish modifying SAM by interacting with it on the 2nd Floor. You'll get 7200xp, and SAM will ask you if you'd like to register. Say yes and then it'll take off and patrol the floor.
The Cleaning Machine Rewards
Unlocks quest: ??
Other Rewards: 19200xp, 1000 Bit Cartridge, New Companion: SAM.