Taxidermy Mount Care
Monthly, take a
damp rag and rub the trophy down thoroughly,
pushing the cloth
with the hair-not against it. When through
the hair to make it lie naturally. To remove
dust, employ a soft
rag or feather duster. DO NOT use a vacuum.
On mounts with antlers,
saturate a rag with WD40 and rub
down the antlers,
thoroughly. Afterwards, take a dry cloth
and rub all the
excess WD40 away. Do this annually.
If a mount becomes
severely soiled, you must have it
by a qualified taxidermist.
The only maintenance
for bird mounts is to dust them.
Use either a soft,
dry cloth or a feather duster. NEVER
use a vacuum or
damp cloth. Suction breaks the feathers
and moisture will
When cleaning fish
mounts, use a damp cloth to wipe
the dirt away.
FULL BODY MOUNTS
The mount of any
animal with fur can be cleaned in the
same way as a big-game
Avoid placing mounts
above an extreme heat source
(such as a fireplace)
or in strong sunlight. Tobacco
smoke and grease
smoke will rapidly yellow mounts.
mounts will need to be “touched-up”
to restore that
lifelike look. Occasionally, an accident
occurs that damages
the mount. Take these to a qualified
destroying, most can be repaired.
Doug Dexter, Taxidermist/Artist
14881 480th Ave.
Milbank, SD 57252
M-F, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and evenings/weekends