Modern pewter has a higher tin content and as a result it does not tarnish as quickly as antique pewter.
Tools & Chemicals:
- Dish soap
- soft clean cloth
- pewter or silver polish.
- Modern pewter comes in two different finishes. The first is a brushed finish that gives more of an antique look. The second is a polished high sheen.
- For both types, after using wash in warm soapy water. Dry and buff with a soft clean cloth .
- DO NOT put pewter in the dishwasher. The high heat and harsh chemicals will damage the finish beyond restoration.
- Acids can also damage the finish on pewter so avoid using pewter dishes or cutlery with salads containing lemon or vinegar, pickles, sauces, or other citric acids.
- Using pewter or silver polish occasionally will help remove light scratches, or tarnish due to exposure of sea air, that is typical of this soft metal.