Cleaning Trophies

lwaters

Bronze supporter
AH legend
Joined
May 20, 2011
Messages
2,203
Reaction score
2,641
Location
Manhattan Kansas
Media
117
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
4
USA/Canada
1
Australia/NZ
1
Member of
SCI
Hunted
Texas,Namibia,Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, South Africa, New Zealand
What is a good brush or vacuum to clean shoulder mounts.
 

AfricaHunting.com

Founder
AH ambassador
Joined
Oct 1, 2007
Messages
11,651
Reaction score
6,443
Website
AfricaHunting.com
Media
5,582
Articles
320
What is a good brush or vacuum to clean shoulder mounts.
Have a look at this:

 

blacks

AH fanatic
Joined
Dec 16, 2011
Messages
541
Reaction score
1,131
Location
South Australia
Website
www.facebook.com
Media
252
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Australia/NZ
2
Member of
Australian Deer Association, Australian Association of Wildlife Artists
Hunted
Australia, New Zealand, Namibia, South Africa
Air compressor with a blow gun. Clean the eyes with a q-tip and a little windex if required. Wipe antlers/horns with a damp cloth. Done.
 

JimP

AH legend
Joined
Dec 14, 2014
Messages
2,637
Reaction score
4,085
Location
Gypsum, Co
Media
49
Hunting reports
Africa
1
USA/Canada
3
Member of
NRA, RMEF
Hunted
US (Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada. Canada (British Colombia), South Africa (Eastern Cape)
I have found that all you do with a air compressor and a blow gun/nozzle it to rearrange the dust that you just blew off.

You need a way to suck it up so to speak.
 

Sitting Bull_Chris

AH senior member
Joined
Jul 30, 2018
Messages
51
Reaction score
29
Location
Sydney, Australia
Member of
Australian Hunters International, Australian Bowhunters Association
Hunted
Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada
I've good success doing some large trophy room cleaning to start with a soft bristle brush attachment for your vacuum cleaner. Always move the head in the direction of the hair never against or across it. Works very well on horned trophies as well to get into the rough spots in the horns.
After that, damp cloth can work well to remove any dirt that is still stuck to the hair. This can happen if there is an oily residue left in the cape from tanning or from exposure to the elements and household airborne contaminants such as from a kitchen. Only wipe with the hair direction. In some stubborn cases, I have used Windex on the cloth or lightly sprayed it onto the hair, but these were trophies that hadn't been cleaned in a really long time.
The main thing is to try and avoid getting the actual leather wet. Always starting with the easiest least intrusive method first and then see what you need to do after that. When dealing with really old trophies the leather and hair can be quite brittle causing more problems when trying to clean and refurbish them.
 

outwestidaho

AH veteran
Joined
Apr 4, 2014
Messages
141
Reaction score
275
Location
IDAHO
Media
36
Articles
1
Member of
SCI, NRA
Hunted
South Africa, cape of south Africa , Namibia, Alaska, British Columbia, Manitoba
Forget the vacuum. Feather duster with the hair and remove cob webs. Get your hands on some of the cleaner they make for artifical plants . You spray it on and viola dust be gone . No wiping or anything.
We even spray it on horns, habitat bases, fake rocks and all. Been doing it for over 20 years no problem. Do eyes with q tip and windex. After that spray a little horse show and shine on the mount and give a bit of a wipe with the hair and you'll have a mount that probably looks better than when you first got it. Dont get the show and shine on the painted nose or eyes. If its a furry animal like fox , bear , coyote, use a womans blow dryer to fluff the hair back up.
You can order through amazon or buy local at places that sell artifical plants. No brand seems any better than any other . I reccomend my clients buy nu-leaf as its cheaper than most. There ya have it trade secret and all ! Warning extreme dusty mounts may need more attention.
 
Last edited:

Forum statistics

Threads
39,514
Messages
768,915
Members
72,299
Latest member
TwoOceanssafaris
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

KAROO WILD Safaris wrote on AHAssistant's profile.
Hi Susan

I've rejoined Ah after a year break. Jerome has helped me re: set up my signature and banner. In my absence, I see there's a new resources page. How do I go about building a page and adding client reviews to it. I see a lot of other outfitters have got a text section, followed by pics and videos, and lastly some reviews. I'd like to do something similar.

Thanks for your help

Victor Watson
KAROO WILD Safaris wrote on AHAssistant's profile.
Hi Susan

I've rejoined Ah after a year break. Jerome has helped me re: set up my signature and banner. In my absence, I see there's a new resources page. How do I go about building a page and adding client reviews to it. I see a lot of other outfitters have got a text section, followed by pics and videos, and lastly some reviews. I'd like to do something similar.

Thanks for your help

Victor Watson
ABOUT US

We believe that a hunter's experience should be cherished, and so we offer a service that honours those unique and special memories and equips you to tell your adventure story. Every part of your journey with us, from communication to craftsmanship is carefully considered in order to create an experience worth remembering.
Services Flyer 2.jpg
Rare Breed wrote on USMA84DAB's profile.
Doc attached.
elkhunter77 wrote on Mark Biggerstaff's profile.
Yes, I am interested in some A Frames to load, if they are the 300 grain or other that will work for Cape Buff. I need enough to work up a load and sight in, then carry over there
 
Top