How to Clean Taxidermy Mounts

A stuffed bear head mounted to a wall.

Learning how to clean taxidermy mounts is essential to maintaining their appearance. There are different ways and methods used for cleaning taxidermy mounts. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the differences and ensure you have the proper cleaning materials.

Reptile and Fish Mounts

The easiest way to keep your reptile and fish mounts looking great is to dust them off with a feather duster once a week. These mounts should be sealed, so you can also use a damp microfiber towel for heavier dust levels.

Bird, Squirrel, and Rabbit Mounts

These types of taxidermy mounts have much more fragile and delicate structures. You need to use extra care when cleaning. For smaller mounts, you can use a soft-bristled brush to gently remove dust from the mount.

Start at the head and work towards the rear of the mount. Always brush towards the direction of the fur. A feather duster works well to restore feathers.

For mounts with fur, you can use an approved taxidermy cleaning product, like Mount Protector, when needed. Apply a light mist of the product to the mount, then use a dry paper towel to wipe it down gently.

European Mounts

Most European mounts can be dusted using a feather duster. If you have smaller mounts, use a soft-bristled paintbrush and gently remove the dust to avoid damaging any delicate structures.

Larger Taxidermy Mounts

Cleaning taxidermy mounts that are larger, like deer, bears or elk, involves similar procedures as smaller mounts with fur. You can use a soft-bristled brush or taxidermy cleaning product. You can also use a feather duster with larger mounts.

To clean the glass eyes in your mounts, spray the glass cleaner onto a cotton swab’s end. Gently rub it over the eyes, then use a dry cotton swab to dry the eyes.

Skull Cleaning Using Dermestid Beetles

The easiest way to clean skulls is with help from Kodiak Bones & Bugs Taxidermy. We clean skulls using dermestid beetles. We also sell dermestid beetle colonies, so you can clean your skulls yourself. For further information, call (907) 942-2847 today.