How to Disinfect Your Typewriter

How to Disinfect Your Typewriter

Posted by Joe Amoriello on Mar 12th 2020

We know many companies are working hard to navigate the current landscape and keep employees and customers healthy. To aid in your efforts, we've created a guide to properly clean and disinfect your typewriter.

We highly recommend that all typewriter users read and follow the steps in this guide, especially those of you who work in an environment where you share a typewriter.

How Often Should You Clean Your Typewriter?

Normally, we recommend cleaning your typewriter on a monthly basis, following the steps in our regular cleaning guide, which you can view here. With the current coronavirus situation and flu season in general, we are recommending that users clean their typewriter before and after each shift, regardless of whether there are other users of your typewriter or not.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 microfiber cloth
  • Professional Lysol Disinfecting Spray
  • 1 can of compressed air
  • 1 toothpick (as needed)

**Do not use any chemicals that contain bleach on your typewriter. If using an alcohol-based cleaner, do not use on your typewriter's display.

4 Steps For Cleaning Your Typewriter:

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 minute

  1. Power off your typewriter
  2. Using the can of compressed air, spray the typewriter keys to blow out any dirt or debris that could gunk them up and slow type speed. If any dirt is left behind, carefully use a toothpick to remove the particles.
  3. Spray the disinfectant onto your microfiber cloth. Wipe down the typewriter's body and outer parts only - DO NOT use any disinfecting sprays on your typewriter's display, as this will cause fogging and make the display difficult to read. Make sure to wipe each key individually, as the keys are the most commonly touched part on the machine. NEVER spray directly onto or into your typewriter as this can cause short-circuiting and corrosion.
  4. Repeat Step 2, spraying the keys and body with compressed air again to remove any dirt, fuzzies or particles left behind by your microfiber cloth.

What NOT to do:

  • Do not use any disinfecting or alcohol-based chemicals on the typewriter display
  • Do not spray any chemicals directly onto or into your typewriter
  • Do not use bleach to clean your typewriter

Typewriters.com's Stance Against the Virus

Like so many of you, we have spent the last several days and weeks learning about the virus and how it is impacting our world. For us, that means understanding how it affects our employees, customers and communities, and then making the necessary adjustments to our offices and operations. Your safety and needs, as well as the safety and needs of our employees, has been our guiding objective every step of the way.

In our office, we have ramped up cleaning services, placed disinfectant wipes in various locations, and reminded our employees of the importance of washing their hands and staying home if they feel sick. For our customers, in addition to providing you with these tips for disinfecting your typewriter, we have been in close contact with all of our key suppliers and are working diligently to ensure the continual stocking of the products you need.

We want to assure you that Typewriters.com is fully committed to you and our employees, and will continue to be as we all navigate through this situation.