How Do You Clean Deer Heads?


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Cleaning taxidermy deer mounts requires some basic household supplies and minimal know-how. As long as mounts are stored in locations that are free of direct sunlight, drying heat, such as furnace vents and wood and tobacco smoke, they are relatively easy to keep clean, according to North Country Legends Taxidermy.

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To clean deer mount antlers, use a damp cloth with a small amount of dish detergent to remove any dust. North Country Legends taxidermy recommends using a cotton swab sprayed lightly with glass cleaner to remove dust and grit from the mount's eyes.

True-Life Taxidermy. suggests using a hair dryer on the cool setting, as heat discolors fur, to blow any dust and debris from a mount's fur. While some people attempt to clean their dear mounts with furniture polish or even hairspray, this is likely to damage a mount by attracting more dust and moisture over time. This is because of the tacky residue that those substances leave behind. A better method is to use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment. Work it in the natural direction that the mount's fur grew. After that, wipe the fur with a damp cloth or soft-bristled brush to remove any lingering dust or debris.

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