How To Clean Pewter Tankard

Do you know how to clean pewter tankards? Up until now, you may not have even realized that there was a proper and improper method to cleaning your pewter. For example, you never want to clean your pewter in the dishwasher, because the detergent can react chemically to corrode the pewter. This article can teach you the correct way to clean your pewter tankards.

To clean pewter tankards you will need:

  • A mild soap or cleaning mixture.

  • Soft cloth or jewelry cloth.

  • A pan of warm water.
  • A drying cloth.


  1. Make the polish for cleaning the pewter tankard. Your polish should be a paste made of vinegar, salt, and flour. If you would prefer to buy your polish, they can be found online, at hardware stores, or lumberyards.

  2. Rub your pewter tankard in circular motions with a soft cloth and your polish gently to shine up your pewter. By doing this, you are actually taking off a very fine layer of pewter and dirt. You can also take out very fine scratches by doing this.

  3. Rotate the cloth and continue cleaning the pewter tankard. As the cloth slowly turns black, rotate the cloth to insure that you are always cleaning with a clean part. This blackness that appears as the pewter tankard is cleaned is the pewter and dirt coming off the pewter tankard. As you do this more, you will notice your pewter becoming shinier and shinier.

  4. Rinse and dry the pewter tankard. The last step in the cleaning process of a pewter tankard is to rinse the tankard carefully. Once all soap or cleaning mixture has been removed from the pewter the tankard can be buffed dry.

The best advice for cleaning pewter tankards is to clean them by hand and to use soft clothes for buffing and drying. These two steps alone will result in a life long beauty of the tankard for display in any home collection. Keep in mind that pewter doesn't tarnish as quickly as other silvers. As a result, your pewter tankards do not need to be washed all that often. There are also many types of tankards and pewter. If the cleaning steps here do not give the desired result in cleaning the pewter tankard then refer to and for specific tips on specified pewter type or style in regards to the pewter tankard.

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