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Every typewriter needs cleaning or oiling before it’s used or resold for use. If you ever examine any typewriter, you may think its cleaning and lubrication to be a very complicated affair. However, anyone with proper materials can clean and oil a typewriter effectively.
Things needed for cleaning and oiling a typewriter
- Cleaning cloths-Cloths will be used for wiping off the excess oil of the typewriter and cleaning dirt and dust from it.
- Brushes-Buy a typewriter uprite brush and other types of brushes that are specially made for cleaning the typewriters. You can buy them from an online brush supplier in your area.
- WD-40 or rubbing alcohol-These cleaners are ideal for clearing old oil, light rust, grime and dirt.
- Vacuum-It helps to suck up the dust that’s in the machine.
- Rem-Oil-It is used for oiling the typewriter. You should only oil the machine after you have cleaned it thoroughly.
Before you start cleaning, put something under the typewriter to catch and absorb the grime and old oil that will drip from mechanism at the time of cleaning. A few rags or newspapers may do this job for you.
Use a vacuum and one of the brushes for wiping away the dust that’s found on the typewriter. Clean every part of the machine, even the bottom. Move the carriage to left and right and remove any dust that you can see. Without the vacuum the dust would actually spread around rather than being sucked up. Getting all the dust out of the typewriter is vital or else you will find that when you will oil, the dust will gum things up.
After removing most or all dust from the machine, use WD-40 or rubbing alcohol. If your typewriter has slow or sticky keys, using this can be of help to you. First, clean a brush and dip it in some WD-40. Apply the brush to all the moving parts and joints of the typewriter where metal meets metal. The rubbing alcohol will get rid of the grime and old oil in the mechanism that used to jam things up or slow it down.
Now it’s time to oil. Start by spraying a little bit of oil in the same places where you cleaned with the alcohol. If you plan to put back your typewriter in the case after cleaning, you may not wipe off the excess oil, but if it will be out in open and exposed to dust, make sure you wipe off excess oil with the cloth. If you do not do this, dust will get into the oil and create a mixture of oil and dust that produces a sticky mess.
After it’s thoroughly cleaned and oiled, we should make the machine shine. Many people use products that are available in the market for shining the machine. However, the best way to do it is by using a cloth and dampening it in a solution of hot water and soap and wiping the exterior parts of the typewriter. Also make use of another cloth for drying the parts. For shining the metal, use rubbing alcohol and cloth. And never get the alcohol on paint of any typewriter or the labels.
So, now you know how to clean a typewriter. Does it anymore seem to be a complicated process to you? You can find more tips and ways on cleaning different industrial machines here. Till then stay connected to our Hight Brush blog!