Here at Stylus Engravers we’re well aware of how popular pewter tankards are, perfect as they are for presenting as gifts on almost any occasion. However, we’re also well aware that they can be extremely difficult to take care of if you don’t know how.

But luckily for you we’re here to help. Here’s our easy to follow guide on how to clean your tankard.

1. The first important step is to have a good time! While we often view tankards as ornamental pieces, they were intended to drink from so go ahead and do it – it certainly won’t damage the metal. 2. Once you’ve finished enjoying yourself, make sure you clean the tankard almost immediately. Don’t let any residue or remaining liquid stay inside the tankard for an extended period of time.

This can be done as you would with any other washing up, using a small amount of washing up liquid and some warm water. Make sure you rinse all of the soap from the metal and then dry it thoroughly.

Your tankard won’t need a thorough clean every time you use it, so the cleaning process can stop here if you so wish. Dusting in between uses and regularly washing after use will suffice for the most part, with a more in-depth clean required every three months or so. To learn more about the next stage of the cleaning process, keep reading below.

3. The next stage is to get your hands on an all-purpose metal polish, a specific pewter polish or create your own. To do this you can mix vinegar together with flour, while some like to add a little salt for its smooth abrasive properties. 4. Use a soft cloth and rub your pewter tankard with the polish you’ve chosen, going in slow circular motions. Do this gently for the whole tankard, switching your cloth when it starts to become black.

This is actually a mix of dirt and a small amount of pewter from the metal, so it’s important not to undo your hard work by using a dirty cloth. The areas that you have polished should be noticeably cleaner and shinier than the untouched parts.

5. After you’ve gone around the whole tankard and are happy with its appearance, wash again with washing up liquid and some warm water, rinsing thoroughly afterwards. 6. Dry the tankard thoroughly, gently buffing it as you go to produce a finished shine.

While an incredibly simple process, cleaning your tankard can take a bit of time and elbow grease but it’s definitely something that you should do regularly to keep it in perfect condition. That way a gift for one person can be passed down through generations, becoming a treasured family piece.