How to Clean Pewter Plates

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Pewter is a soft metal that resembles silver but is cheaper to purchase. It’s used for dinnerware, decorative items and jewelry. Pewter requires no special cleaners (unless it needs to be polished), but you should avoid any harsh cleaners containing acids (such as vinegar) as these may damage the finish. In the same vein as this, you should wash pewter plates immediately after using them for acidic foods, such as those containing vinegar, tomato or citrus products, and you should never wash the plates in dishwasher.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Soft sponge
  • Soft towel
  • Pewter polish
  • Soft cloth
  • Dampen paper towels. Use these to remove excess food left on the plates (if these were used as dinnerware).

  • Run warm water into your kitchen sink, filling it up. As it is filling, pour a mild dish detergent into the sink--about 1 tsp. or tbsp. worth of detergent.

  • Place one plate at a time into the sink of soapy water. Pewter scratches easily and washing the plates one at a time helps prevent scratches (from rubbing against other plates).

  • Use a soft sponge to wipe the plate clean. Rinse it in warm water and dry it with a soft towel. Repeat the same cleaning procedure for all the plates.

  • Use pewter polish to remove scratches. To do this, simply place a dab of pewter polish on a cloth and gently rub this over the scratched area. When you are finished, rewash the pewter plate in soapy water.

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