How to Clean Pewter
Pewter is made mainly from tin and can be formed into both functional and beautiful pieces. Pewter can be made into fine jewelry, but is more commonly made into household items such as plates, candlesticks, decorative figurines, and other pieces of dishware. Pewter pieces can add simple elegance and sophistication to any room. They make fantastic gifts, and are often handed down from parent to child for generations. Since pewter dishware and decorative items often contain great sentimental value, it is important to keep them looking their best. While pewter does not tarnish, it can develop spots and does need to be cleaned on occasion. For those looking to keep their pewter at its very best, there are many resources that explain how to clean pewter.
Perhaps the most important rule in cleaning pewter is to not put it in the dishwasher. Pewter is a soft alloy that can be easily scratched, and putting pewter plates or bowls in the dishwasher can lead to irreparable harm. Your pewter dishes should be hand-washed using warm water and a mild detergent. Since acidic elements can be harmful to the finish of a pewter dish, it is a good idea to wash any pewter items that have come into contact with acidic foods or beverages immediately after use. You should also dry your pewter dishes right after washing to prevent water marks. Do not leave them to air dry in a drain rack.
Pewter figurines and items that do not come into contact with food or beverages do not need to be washed, but should be dusted from time to time. Be sure to dust using a soft cloth as a rough or abrasive surface can damage the pewter’s finish. If your pewter items have light stains, they can usually be removed with a damp rag.
In addition to periodic dusting, pewter items can also benefit from a more thorough cleaning once a year. For polished pewter, you can make a paste combining flour, vinegar, and salt. Rub this paste all over your pewter object and let dry completely. Once the paste is totally dry, rinse the item with warm, soapy water and then dry immediately.
Should you need to remove scratches from your pewter items, there are many products available. Your local craft or home goods store is a good place to locate pewter polish. You may also contact the manufacturer of your specific item and they may be able to recommend an effective polish. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, and do not rub too hard or you may end up causing even more damage.
There is a wide variety of very fun and stylish pewter figurines to choose from.
Pewter jewelry offers a beautifully charming way to tell someone you love them.