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Care of your mounts

When you hang your trophy, you want to keep it looking as good as it did that first day.  Here are a few steps that can help. 

  • Hang using an appropriate size lag screw into a wall stud at a slight downward angle.

  • Avoid moisture, heat, and sunlight.

  • Mounts need frequent and gentle dusting.
    For mammals with flat hair, such as elk or deer, you can dust them with a feather duster or Swiffer.  If you must brush it use a soft bristled brush to fix hair that is out of place.

  • Clean the antlers and horns with a damp cloth. Use of oils or lacquers may discolor horns.

  • Clean the eyes with a cotton swab and Windex.

  • If you must handle the mounts do so by antlers/horns and brisket. Antelope hair is especially brittle and touching it can break if off.

  • Clean fish mounts with cans of compressed air with under 20 lbs. of pressure. For some of the more difficult spots you can use a damp cotton swab.

  • Clean bird mounts with a cotton ball or lightly with a feather duster or Swiffer in the direction of the feathers.

  • We all know how great a mount looks over a fireplace, however that is the worst place for a mount. The heat and smoke will destroy our hard work and ruin your trophy.

We also sell cleaning kits with all the tools that you need.

Contact us and we can walk you through the process.  We can send you a packet of information and tags to make importing your trophies easy.

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