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Spring cleaning: Tips on how to keep your steno machine in top shape

Spring is here! As the season of renewal, it is also the time to rejuvenate our spaces and the tools that we depend on every day — including our machines. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your equipment running smoothly.

First, ensure your machine is unplugged. Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe down the surface of the machine, including the keys and the body. For more stubborn stains or dirt, you can use a damp cloth with a small amount of mild soap. Be sure to wring out the cloth thoroughly so that it’s not too wet. If there are crevices or hard-to-reach areas, you can use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean them. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners as they can damage your equipment.

For regular maintenance you can use a can of compressed air to blow out any dust or debris that may have accumulated in the machine. If you’re not sure about how to clean a specific part of the machine, consult the manufacturer’s instructions or contact a professional for assistance. One member of a Facebook group shared how they found using cleaning gel to be extremely helpful to reach those tricky spots on their machine.

Remember to always handle your machines with care and avoid getting any liquids or debris inside the machine. A clean machine will help ensure accurate and efficient performance so it’s worth taking the time to clean it properly.