Care of Pewter
Pewter is an alloy made up of 93% tin, and a 7% blend of antimony, copper and bismuth. It is lead free and food safe. Unlike silver, it does not tarnish, nor will it rust or corrode. Handled properly, our pewter will last for generations.
To care for our pewter, we recommend that you use it regularly as handling will give it its characteristic patina. When used, wash in warm soapy water, rinse well and dry with a soft cloth before putting away. Occasionally, clean your pewter with Mish's Pewter Cleaner to remove soap residue buildup. Never put your pewter in the dishwasher, oven, microwave or on your stovetop. It should not be exposed to open flames. It is a soft metal and the high heat from these appliances will damage the pewter. Do not use your pewter to store foods, only to serve them. And when using for a planter or vase, put glass or plastic inside the vessel to protect the pewter.
Most of the products we sell are of polished pewter, which looks very much like silver. If your polished pewter is used regularly, we recommend that you polish it once or twice a year using Mish's Pewter Cleaner.
A satin finish on pewter has a softer and grainier finish. This type of pewter is cleaned with warm soap and water, then dried with a soft cloth. And if used regularly, polish the pewter occasionally with Mish's Pewter Cleaner. With regular use, scratches will appear on the pewter which some think create character. If you choose to remove these surface scratches, using 0000 steel wool, rub the pewter very gently with the grain.