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Scotch Brand Typewriter Cleaner No. 575

by | Dec 15, 2020 | Uncategorized | 3 comments

I’ve reached an intermission point in my novel. I needed to do some shopping, administrative work, and academic writing. But I hope to get back to the story before long. I have a few ideas, and so far, it’s flowed pretty well at a NaNo-ish pace (3 single-spaced pica pages per day, roughly 1500-2000 words). As before, I am enjoying sinking into an imaginary world, and seeing the story coalesce.
Meanwhile, here’s a product I hadn’t seen before, which was generously sent my way by someone who didn’t need it anymore. I had never tried something like this. From the folks who brought you Scotch tape and were going to bring you Post-It notes, it’s Scotch Typewriter Cleaner No. 575!
Does it work? Well, kinda, I guess. Some ink comes off the types, for sure, and gets imprinted in this fuzzy pink stuff. I doubt that it would clean out big, black wads of compacted ink and ribbon lint, such as we find in the e’s and o’s of our old machines. Then again, if you used it regularly, your typewriter  might not end up in a condition like that.

Have anyone else ever tried this? 

 

3 Comments

  1. Bill M

    First I've ever known of it. I wonder if, over time, whatever the product may have been treated with to remove ink, it weakened.

    I have electronics cleaners that may hve been similar. Not wet, but treated. I used them to clean VCR heads. Now those sheets don't do much.

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  2. Joe V

    I found one of these sheets in a thrift store typewriter once.

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  3. SteveK

    No, but I have tried several brands of Scotch. ;D

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