Match Pewter makes the finest food-safe, lead-free FDA approved pewter in the industry and they make it by hand. Now that you own the finest pewter you can purchase, here are some care and use guidelines that will keep your pewter in pristine condition.
Match Pewter requires almost no maintenance. Pewter rarely tarnishes, but in some cases it will tarnish very slowly. If your pewter is showing signs of tarnishing you can use any metal polish as long as it is safe for pewter (read the box). Match suggests that you use Cape Cod Metal Polish.
Match Pewter should never be placed in the oven or on a hot stove top. Pewter has a low melting point; use in the oven or on the stove top will ruin the piece. Also, highly acidic foods like vinaigrettes can discolor pewter if it is left in the pewter bowl overnight. The discoloration can be removed with "0000" steel wool or a good metal polish by using light pressure and circular motions to buff away the stain.
After using your pewter, hand wash in warm water using liquid dish soap and dry it completely. Water drops left on the pewter surface may cause spots. When spotting occurs, the spots can be removed with metal polish or by using "0000" grade steel wool.
Match Pewter flatware and Match Convivio tableware are dishwasher safe. If you have high mineral content in your water (hard water), Match does not recommend the use of a dishwasher to clean your flatware or Convivio dinnerware. The minerals can pit the surface of pewter.
When using the dishwasher use the low heat setting and a liquid dish washing detergent. When you remove them from the dishwasher make sure they have cooled or you can burn yourself.
All Match stemware should be hand washed in warm water and never submerged in hot water. Submerging in hot water can cause the glass, crystal and pewter stem to expand and contract. This expansion and contraction will cause the bond between the glass and the pewter to weaken and sometimes break.
What to do if you have broken a Match Pewter Piece. Call us! Match Pewter has a replacement program for stemware and tableware. We will be glad to help you get your pieces serviced and back to you.