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How does one clean a mounted deer head?

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To clean a mounted deer head, wipe down the fur using a sponge dipped in warm soapy water, deodorize with vinegar, and clean the eyes with glass cleaner. Always work in the direction of the hair and avoid using a vacuum cleaner to prevent possible damage to the mount.

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  1. Wipe with a damp sponge

    Mix a small squirt of mild dish soap in water. Dip a sponge into the water, and wring it so it is only damp. Wipe the mount with the sponge, rinsing it frequently. Do not use a saturated sponge to prevent wetting the mount. Always wipe in the direction of the fur instead of against it, which sometimes causes the mount to lose hair. Dip a cloth in the solution and clean the antlers.

  2. Deodorize the mount

    Dip a cloth in white vinegar, and use it to wipe down the fur of the mount. The vinegar smell dissipates as it dries and takes away odors that the fur has trapped.

  3. Clean the eyes with glass cleaner

    Dip a cotton swab in a small amount of glass cleaner. Use the swab to clean the eyes of the mount.

  4. Continue maintaining the mount

    Keep the mount free of dust by wiping regularly with a microfiber cloth.

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