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Cleaning an Old Typewriter

How do I clean a Smith-Corona Delta III electric typewriter? The keys stick. The typewriter has fresh ribbon. Just certain keys stick.

Brenda

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April 10, 20110 found this helpful
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Plastic Bowl
Old toothbrush
Rubbing Alcohol
Cloth

First make sure that you unplug your typewriter. Pour some rubbing alcohol in a plastic bowl, and wet the bristles with rubbing alcohol. Gently scrub the keys to remove excess ink. Wipe off keys with the cloth. Keep on doing this to clean the keys. I believe that's what your problem is.

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April 12, 20110 found this helpful

Be sure it is dirt that is making the keys stick, sometimes they become bent and stick because of that.

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April 13, 20110 found this helpful

If you can't get them unstuck yourself, call a typewriter repair company, if you can find one (or one that services office equipment) to see if they can help.

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July 26, 20110 found this helpful

If the type bars get stuck, try to bend them slowly to the right or to the left until they un-stick. Be sure that you press the key which sticks before bending! That should free up your type bars.

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