Don't Ruin Your Pewter
Have you received an item made of pewter this year for the
holidays and want to keep it looking new for years to come?
Pewter is a prized alloy manufactured from tin, with a small
amount of copper and antimony added to give it strength.
Considered the world's fourth most precious metal after
platinum, gold, and silver, its ability to withstand time and
its shiny brilliance gives it great value, particularly
so when shaped into plates, goblets, figurines, etc. Unlike
silver, pewter does not require polishing or any other special
care. It does not rust, tarnish, or deteriorate in any way over
The good news is pewter does not tarnish like silver, so
periodic cleaning with an all-purpose metal polish will keep it
looking bright. Pewter polish can be found at most hardware
stores or specialty craft stores. Do not use any other kind of
polish like silver or brass polish; this can ruin the finish on
There are some things to watch out for and keep in mind when
cleaning your pewter.
1. Pewter can be pitted or stained from certain foods such as
citrus juice, types of salad dressing etc., so please remember
to wash your items immediately after use in warm, soapy water.
Do not use bleach or harsh detergents.
2. Always hand wash rather than placing in a dishwasher.
3. Do not place it in the oven, on a hot plate, or near hot
flames because pewter melts easier than other types of metal.
Pewter melts at only 450 degrees.
4. When polishing, use a very soft, non-abrasive cloth.
Don't want to run out to the stores to purchase your pewter
polish? You can make some at home from simple ingredients you
may have around the house. Combine a spoon full of vinegar,
salt, and flour. Rub it in gentle, circular motions to shine up
your pewter. This should not have to be done very often, just