Trophy Mount Care
There are all kinds of insects that love to eat hair follicles, horns, leather, etc. There are dermestid (insects), moths that will go after your trophy if not maintained by you. Before the EPA (environmental protection agency) stopped the tanneries from using strong toxic chemicals it was not as much a problem, but now they are not allowed to use toxic chemicals like Arsenic in their tanning like. So here are some basic things you need to do to keep your mount clean and safe.
To clean the eyes use a Q-tip and Windex. To clean the hair you can use a furniture polish like Pledge and a clean white wash cloth. Spray a little on the cloth and start at the head and go toward the rear, NEVER brushing against the grain of the hair. For the horns/antlers I use a product called Liquid Gold. You can also find this in the furniture polish section of your favorite store. Just apply to a clean cloth and wipe on. It will go on shiny but when it is dry will look natural.
Don't say this will never happen to you. It happens in the best taxidermy shops, museums, and homes. Let me tell you a short true story. All my mounts are in my taxidermy shop and have been treated with the exception of a squirrel that is in my son's bedroom. He was 3 then and had gotten a cap double barrel shotgun from Cabelas for Christmas, so of course he wanted to have something of his own mounted. I put out a small pile of corn on the edge of our woods and let him "shoot" a squirrel from our deck. The mount was in his room for 3 1/2 years (without any treatment). His room is on the second floor and I find little need to go up, so since it was out of sight it was also out of my mind.. Last month the cleaning lady was doing her normal dusting and found some fur on the carpet under the squirrel and thought that I better have a closer look because it was looking sick. I knew before I even went up the stairs what it was, Dermestid insects. The mount was not worth saving as there was hair loss on the face. This could just as easily have been a Grizzly bear, Big horn sheep, or a Polar bear, trophies not easily replaced. So you can see it can happen anywhere, even in the cleanest homes, museums, etc.
My shop is treated once or twice a year with a product called "Mount Shield", I buy it commercially in a concentrate. I spray it on, let it dry, then brush the mounts. I do this after I have cleaned them. I sell a 2oz spray bottle in my shop for my customers. I usually always have a supply on hand and can ship it priority mail.. You can save money by buying 3 bottles because the shipping cost is the same. I also except
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