Typewriter Maintenance & Care Tips

If you saw new manual typewriters for sale and bought one, give yourself a pat on the back for acquiring a piece of history.

Now, let’s talk about typewriter care and maintenance. The main aim of keeping your precious typewriter maintained is to keep it in a nice, workable condition for a long time.
Well-maintained typewriters, that are in mint condition, last well over 50 years.

Here a few tips for maintaining your clean typewriter:

1. Cover your machine when not using it. If you’ve a carrying case, use it. Dust creeps inside the mechanism very easily and corrodes it. Not to mention the effects of moisture and a humid weather in it.

2. To help care for the platen on your typewriter and to avoid flat spots on appearing in it, pull up the paper release lever forward; specially if you don’t plan to use your device for a long time.

3. Use two sheets of paper when typing. This practise ensures that the platen gets protected by the paper behind the sheet being printed on. It will also last much longer if you use two sheets as heavy usage won’t affect it much.

4. Use a tiny brush or a lint-free cloth to dust the exterior of your typewriter, along with the easily accessible parts. This will keep your machine looking shiny, new and clean.

5. If you’re experienced in perfectly oiling your typewriter, then oil it according to your usage and writing schedule to keep your machine running smoothly.

Skiing: the Oldest Mountain Sport

A more traditional activity than most people realize is skiing on a mountain. According to the BBC, skis are an older invention than wheels: cave paintings show that the Cro-Magnon attached sticks to their feet to travel down snowy mountains, and researchers have discovered remanants of skis dating from 6,000 B.C. Although European armies began cross-country skiing in the 1700s, downhill skiing only became popular with ordinary people in the late 1800s.

The National Geographic reports that different types of skis — varying in length, width, and curvature — developed in different areas of the world. Today, most standard skis are narrow strips of layered fiberglass and plywood, used with snug-fitting plastic boots.

Besides ski boots, skiers should wear proper layers of clothing, including hats, gloves, and goggles, made with synthetic, waterproof materials. Beginners usually take a few lessons before attempting difficult trails or slopes, though they should still expect to fall often, as part of the learning process. By having the correct gear and following safety guidelines, skiing in the mountains can be a fun winter activity for all ages and abilities.