How to Clean a Pewter Beer Stein

Beer steins are centuries-old drinkware. Pewter is just one material used to make beer steins. Pewter is a metal that is easy to clean, although most experts caution against using dishwashers to clean pewter. There are three types of finishes for pewter steins – polished, satin and oxidized. Polished silver has a glossy look, satin is a matte finish and oxidized has an antique or aged look. Cleaning the pewter beer stein correctly is the best way to keep it in good condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber mat

  • Dish washing liquid

  • Vinegar

  • Salt

  • Flour

  • Soft cloths

Step 1

Place a rubber mat on the bottom of the sink.

Step 2

Fill half the sink with warm water.

Step 3

Add 4to 5 drops of dishwashing liquid.

Step 4

Place the pewter beer stein in the soapy water. Use a sponge to clean the beer stein.

Step 5

Soak the beer stein for three to five minutes if there are tough stains.

Step 6

Rinse off the beer stein in warm, running water.

Step 7

Dry the stein with a clean soft cloth. Buff with the same cloth to polish the pewter.

For Pollished Pewter Beer Steins

Step 1

Pour 1/2 cup vinegar into a bowl.

Step 2

Add 1 tablespoon salt into the bowl.

Step 3

Add enough flour to the mixture to create a paste.

Step 4

Dip a soft cloth into the paste. Apply it to the beer stein.

Step 5

Keep the paste on the pewter stein for five to 10 minutes, depending on how much dirt and grime there is.

Step 6

Rinse off the paste in warm, running water.

Step 7

Dry with a soft cloth and buff.

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