General Info:
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.

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