Mount Maintenance


+ General

In order to keep your mount looking good, whether it's a shoulder mount, a whole mount, or a rug, it is best to keep the mount out of direct sunlight. Over the course of a few years the sunlight will fade the color of your mount making it look dull and much older than it is. It is also a good idea to keep the amount of smoke in the area to a minimum because the smoke will cause the mount to fade and have a yellow tint.

+ Deer, Elk, Moose, etc.

The best way to keep the mount looking new is to use a feather duster and dust the mount regularly. It is also a good idea to take a damp cloth and go over the mount in the direction of the hair. (you can also go over the mount with a stiff hair brush) Going in the direction of the hair is the most important part because going the other direction could cause the hair to break or become extremely hard to lie back down. If the hair does become rough looking, you can use a steamer to steam the mount. (and brush the mount simultaneously) If you do not have access to a steamer you can also use a spray bottle and spray a small amount of water on the hair to wet it down.

+ Bear

Bear mounts are some of the strongest mounts around. To clean a bear mount whether is a rug, shoulder mount or a whole mount you can use a vacuum (and using the hose without an attachment) to remove any dust that is deep in the fur. ) If using the vacuum is a problem, you can use compressed air and blow out any dust or dirt that is in the mount. (We use an air compressor at approx 90 psi) Once that is done you can use a damp cloth and go over the mount to remove and dirt that is lodged in the fur. Once the bear is clean you can use hair sheen (which can be bought from any hair supply shop) and spray the mount and then go over it with a clean cloth.

+ Furbearers (coyote, fox, bobcat, ect.)

Coyotes, bobcats and other furbearers are very durable. The best way to keep them clean is to dust them regularly. If dusting doesn’t seem to quite do it, you can use a vacuum and go over the mount. (without an attachment on the hose, or an extremely soft bristled brush end) If using the vacuum is a problem, you can use compressed air and blow out any dust or dirt that is in the mount. (We use an air compressor at approx 90 psi)

+ Turkeys and other birds

The only way that a bird can be cleaned is to use a feather duster and dust the bird in the direction of the feathers. If the feathers become rough looking, you can use a steamer and steam the rough looking spots. When using the steamer, steam the area of interest and just as soon as you are done use your hands (or your fingers depending on the size of the bird) and adjust the feathers until the look correct. The steam relaxes the feathers so they can be moved easily.

+ Fish

Fish are hard to keep looking new. The best way to keep them looking new is to dust them using a feather duster. If the mount starts to look dusty all the time, even after dusting it, you can run the fish under the sink to wash away the dust and dirt that is built up near the fins and other hard to reach spots. Then use compressed air (with low psi approx 35 psi) or an extremely soft cloth to dry the mount.

+ Skulls

The best way to keep your skull mounts clean is to dust them regularly. If dusting them seems to make no difference it is ok to run the skull under water to remove the dirt and dust in the hard to reach spots. Once ran under the water you can blow off the excess water using compressed air (approx 65 psi) or use a cloth.
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