Recently I watched a preview on an upcoming TV Show called “Immortalized”. Did you know that there is such thing as competitive taxidermy? Anyway, it got me thinking how do you best clean a mounted animal? So conducted a research on my own and I gathered some of the top tips on how to clean mounted animals from specialist who’ve practised taxidermy for many years. Without further ado, here is how to take care of your beloved mounted animals and prolong their… afterlife.
First of all, you have to assume that your mounted animals are not safe. As it turns out, there are insects that just love to eat leather, horns, and even hair follicles. If you do not maintain your trophies properly, the moths will go after them for sure. Recently, the use of arsenic and other heavy-duty chemicals was banned in most countries – they were so toxic that one treatment could protect your undead mammals for years to come. However, this doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do. Why don’t we start with the eyes.
What to do:
- To clean the eyes of your mounted animals you can simply use a window cleaning solution and a q-tip. This will suffice.
- To clean the hair it is preferable to use some sort of furniture polish. Apply it using white wash cloths. Remember that you should never brush against the grain of the hair. Always start from the head and continue to the rear.
- For general dusting, you can simply use a dusting feather. Once again remember to never dust against the grain of the hair.
- Dealing with stains on the other hand is not so easy. Generally, the fur of mounted animals is quite durable but still you have to be very careful. Think of the fur as a very delicate (and expensive rug). In most cases, you should try to remove the stains using grease-cutting soap and water. If you have no idea how to remove a curtain stain then you better turn to a professional.
What to avoid:
- If you’ve cleaned a stain successfully, you need to rinse off the grease-cutting soap. However, don’t use your hair-dryer to get rid of the moisture. The heat might irreversibly damage the hair of your piece.
- Avoid using the vacuum cleaner on your mounted animals. If your vacuum cleaner is powerful enough it could tear away some hairs or important parts from your mounted animals.
- According to the cleaners Fulham you should never improvise. If you are not sure what will happen when trying a new cleaning procedure just stop. There is a chance to irreversibly damage the hair or even the skin of the trophy.