Pewter – most popular in dinnerware, home accessories, and even jewellery, is a very common metal alongside silver and gold.
But what is the best way to approach cleaning it? Should you use special ingredients and be very gentle? Will you easily damage it when you aren’t careful? How to polish it? Well, I will give you an exact guide on how to clean it so that you don’t have to worry about it!
How often should you clean it?
Let’s get this out of the way first – How often should you clean pewter?
A huge benefit to it is that it does not need to be cleaned and polished that often and it also does not tarnish. Of course, if your dinnerware is made out of pewter you need to wash it after every meal but any additional polishing is not needed and it often depends on the finish.
– Satin finish
If the surface is cast with a matte patine then your pewter items do not need polishing at all!
– Polished finish
If your pewter items are shiny and look like silver then you can polish them once in a while.
– Oxidized finish
If your pewter items have a deep grey finish then do not polish them, ever!
How to polish it?
If you want to polish your pewter items and make them shine then you can easily do it since this isn’t a difficult task at all!
Start with creating a paste by mixing one cup of white vinegar with one-half a cup of flour. If your pewter has a matte/ satin finish then make sure you add a teaspoon of salt to the mixture as well.
Apply the paste with the help of a damp cloth. Cover the pewter evenly and rub in circular motions.
Then leave the paste to sit on the surface for half an hour. Continue with rinsing the item with hot water in order to remove the paste completely. Then dry it with a microfiber cloth and buff a bit.