So you have a typewriter with a dry ribbon and don’t know what to do? Well, you can buy a new one on Ebay or at most office supply stores, but are you impatient or penny-pinching and want immediate satisfaction? Well, if you have a can of WD-40, a cardboard box and an old rag, you just may be in business!
Step 1: take the ribbon out of the typewriter, paying careful attention to how it’s threaded in the ribbon vibrator. You’ll want to put it in correctly when you’re done. Get your cardboard box and take it outside.
Step 2: Unspool the ribbon into the box completely, and hang the two ends attached to the spools on opposite corners of the box to prevent tangling.
Step 3: Lightly spray down the ribbon with WD-40, being sure to soak the ribbon completely through, but you don’t need to go so heavy that you leave a puddle in the box.
Step 4: Let the ribbon soak awhile, then take one end and start reeling the ribbon back into it while holding the ribbon inside your rag to wipe off excess WD-40.
Step 5: install ribbon back into typewriter. Type!