With all the money you spend on getting an animal mounted, you definitely want your mount to last a lifetime. Mounts can deteriorate and crack over time. However, with a little maintenance using common household products, you can keep your mount looking as good as the day you got it back from the taxidermist.

Step 1: What you will need

Paper Towels
Glass Cleaner
Furniture Polish
Petroleum Jelly
<p>Interesting info- But I have to admit- when I saw the title the first thought I had is &quot;well THAT won't happen- those suckers are DEAD&quot;. </p>
<p>The first one personally looks better.</p>
Thanks for the info I will need to do this to all my mounts.
<p>Any idea whether the furniture polish would work on feathers? My dad's got a pheasant that could use a bath...</p>
<p>I saw this on a master taxidermist info page article:</p><p><strong>Use lacquer thinner</strong>: Don&rsquo;t use water to remove residual <br> dust and bring out the shine of a bird&rsquo;s feather, but instead lightly <br>soak a rag with a little lacquer thinner and wipe it over the mount. <br>&ldquo;Lacquer thinner evaporates from the feather, leaving just a clean mount <br> with bright colors behind,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Water will matte the feathers and <br> mess them up.&rdquo;<br>Keep it out of the sun: Feel free to display your <br>mounts prominently, but take care where you put them. &ldquo;Direct sunlight <br>will definitely bleach and fade feathers. If you want to keep the <br>original richness and vibrant colors, keep it out of direct sunlight,&rdquo; <br>he said.</p><p>This being said I also know some old mounts used pretty bad chemicals to prevent bugs ie: arsenic and mercury, so check around eyes for a white microcrystalline substance that could be there. just be careful. As said otherwise dusting will work. just don't use water.</p>
<p>I just use a feather duster on mine. Just be somewhat gentle and go in the direction of the feathers. </p>
<p>Good info, thanks for sharing. </p>
<p>good stuff and I need to do it. I also have some turkey fans which need maintenance. I know that birds preen to add/renew some kind of natural oils. I haven't found out what to use to maintain the feathers. It would have to be a light oil.</p>
<p>Glad you posted this! Been doing this for years. For some reason every Christmas/New Year's Day it just comes to my mind. But... this year I forgot! Guess what I am going to go do LOL!</p>
Awesome! I love it
You fooled me with the title. I though you were going to hook up jumper cables and perform some undead voodoo to bring the animals back to life! ; ). <br>Seriously this is a task most people don't think about until the need arises. It's always nice to get information from someone that has experience. Thank you for sharing.
<p>You're welcome!</p>

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