Tips on Cleaning and Preserving your Taxidermy
SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson specializes in many different types of cleaning but did you know we do taxidermy cleaning? Living in the Branson area as you probably expect we get quite a bit of taxidermy cleaning. Our staff is trained and knowledgeable in safely and efficiently cleaning your prized trophy mounts, SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson has an in house taxidermy cleaning specialist with many years of experience. We use a four-step process to clean our customers trophy mounts. The cleaner is a powder form that is easily mixed with warm water, this step cleans and deodorizes the mount. You spray the fur with the cleaner and use a lint free cloth to wipe the entire mount. Repeat this step as necessary until the fur is clean. Second, we spray a solution called sheen and shield and wipe or use a soft dog brush to brush the fur back in place, while also brushing the solution into the fur. The third step we use lemon furniture polish (we prefer Pledge brand for this job), to wipe the horns and antlers and eyes. This will help keep the dust off and help keep them shiny once they are back on your wall. The fourth step is applying cedar oil. Dab some cedar oil onto a lint free cloth and wipe once over all of the fur, this will help keep any and all bugs away from your mount and prolong the life of your taxidermy.
If you would like to try your hand at cleaning and preserving your own mounts, here are a few tips:
- Always brush/wipe in the direction with the fur.
- Only work on one mount at a time, finish the entire cleaning process before moving onto the next mount.
- Never fully saturate the fur with any liquid, this will loosen the glue holding it all together.
- Clean your taxidermy every six months to prolong the life and quality of your mount.
- You can buy a taxidermy cleaning kit here - https://www.mckenziesp.com/TCK1-P16790.aspx
If your home or business has suffered fire or smoke damage and your trophy mounts have been affected, please feel free to call SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson we can come out and assess the damage and get a plan in place to restore your home and trophy mounts. Call us today at 417-724-0084.