Pewter is perfect for everyday use and with the minimum of care it can retain its wonderful finish . It should be NEVER be washed in a dishwasher (the chemicals in the detergent will react with the pewter and ruin the finish). For this reason we recommend washing by hand in hot soapy water and dried with a soft cloth. When drying your pewter, keep the direction of the cloth in a straight up and down motion, never in circles. Pewter is a soft metal and will easily scratch with a hard cloth.
If your item is used for storage of alcohol (example Hip Flasks,) we recommend that you should not leave your favourite tipple in there for more than 24 hours. Hip Flasks are not suitable for carbonated mixtures.
If your pewter item is heavily marked a number of metal polishes are available that can be used prior to washing.
If your item is an antique pewter artefact and has become very dark, experts from the Antique profession STRONGLY RECOMMEND against re-polishing as this could actually reduce the value.