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How to Take Care of Your Taxidermy Mount

Updated on September 5, 2012

Proper care of your taxidermy mount will make your mount last longer for many more years to come. Taxidermy in general is not cheap especially in this economy so it's in your best interest to make sure your mount stays clean and is taken care of. There are many ways to take care of your mount. This article goes over briefly the most common ways to clean a mount and more and is an extension of an blog article on proper care of mounts we posted recently.

We will cover:

  1. Good places for display
  2. General cleaning
  3. How to clean antlers
  4. Cleaning the eyes
  5. Taking care of fish mounts

Best Places for Display

Proper mount care starts with making sure that your mount is not stored in a location where there is direct sunlight for a prolong period of time. Try to avoid displaying mounts near the window or drafty areas. Sunlight and extreme temperature changes will drastically age your mount over time and make it look awful.

Proper Cleaning and Best Practices

In general, avoid any industrial cleaners found in many kitchens. Most mounts, like anything else, will collect dust over time. One way to get dust off your mount is to use microfiber material to gently wipe the dust off. Vacuuming the room periodically will help to keep the dust off inbetween cleaning sessions. Some individuals have even used their vacuum to get dust off the mount. Be sure not to damage the hide if you choose to use your vacuum!

To clean the fur, one can also use a sponge and warm water. Again, be sure to wipe in the direction of the lay of the hair and wipe with a dry lint-free cloth.

Tip: vacuum with the direction of the hair & do not press down on hide of your mount!

Antler Cleaning

A simple wipe down of the antlers should do the trick, but for the cleaning nuts it may not be enough. If you want your antlers to look awesome try using lemon pledge or lemon oil to make them antlers look great. Of course, wipe off any excess substance.

Cleaning the Eyes

Windex is great for cleaning the eyes of your mount since the eyes are glass or plastic. One can use Q-tips to clean the eyes; however, some of the cotton fiber can actually come off. For best results use lint free cloth. If there is no windex, try an alcohol based substance or mineral spirit.

Cleaning Fish Mounts

I've heard stories of individuals cleaning their fish mount with bread. I personally don't recommend that. If your mount is a fiberglass reproduction, blow the dust off and wipe with a damp cloth or sponge. If the fish is actual skin, use warm water and wipe gently with the direction of the scale.


Hopefully this gave you a better idea on how to properly take care of your mount whether it has fur, scales, or antlers and any combination in-between! If you like this article post a comment or share with friends! Or check out some wood taxidermy supplies for your taxidermy projects!


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      Shaddie 2 years ago from Washington state

      Cool hub. I clean my antlers with lemon pledge, works great!