Pewter items will take a lot longer to tarnish if they are kept in a glass enclosure and in a warmish place, says Dial-A-Maid, the premier residential cleaning service on the North Shore of Chicago. In order to preserve the beauty and quality of your pewter, Dial-A-Maid suggests doing the following:

1. Use mild soapy warm water to wash off surface dirt. Rinse thoroughly to be sure there's no soap film left on the pewter.

2. Use  a large, outer leaf of a cabbage as you would use a cloth to rub the pewter clean. Then buff the pewter with a soft cloth.

3. Boil eggs and keep the water. Once the water cool down, let the pewter sit in it for about 10 minutes. Rinse and buff dry.

4. If a pewter object is badly tarnished, use #0000(super fine) steel wool dipped in olive oil and cautiously scrub off the tarnish. Then wash, rinse and buff dry with a soft cloth.

5. Put baking soda on the stain. then, with a cloth that's been moistened with vegetable or olive oil, gently rub the stain away. http://Dial-A-Maid.com

6. Remove wax by placing the candlesticks in the freezer long enough for the wax to freeze. Then flick it off.

Remember, Pewter has a low melting point. Do not EVER put pewter objects in an automatic dishwasher.  You can rest assured that our house cleaners in Glenview, Il. know how to treat your precious objects with the utmost care and caution. 

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