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.