When you buy a Trophy Mounts, you will pay to have it done by one of the best taxidermists that you can find. However, even the work of the best taxidermist will require maintenance every so often. You definitely won’t be able to bring your trophy home and simply marvel at it over the years. Without proper maintenance, it won’t last as long.
One of the most important things to do is ensure that you set your trophy to mount up in a suitable location. Never put it anywhere that will be exposed to temperature fluctuations. Many people make the mistake of keeping theirs right above their fireplace. It definitely shouldn’t be stored anywhere that is exposed to sunlight.
Damp conditions will also be the enemy of your trophy mounts, so make sure that the location isn’t damp. This rules out keeping your prized possession in your basement. If it’s kept in a damp location, mildew and mold may become a problem. Conversely, conditions that are too hot and dry can be problematic as well. The hide may eventually crack or split.
You should never hang your trophy mount haphazardly on the wall. Don’t use a nail to hang it on the wall, because it can easily come loose over time. It’s much better to use a screw instead. Leave enough room for the screw to stick out from the wall and attach securely to the back of the mount.
Your trophy mount will attract dust nearly as well as a magnet attracts metals. Therefore, you should dust your mount off on a weekly basis. Don’t be too forceful when doing so, as gentle strokes will avoid damage. If you don’t dust the mount often, the fur or hair will eventually become discolored.
If your mount has antlers, then you will need to shine them periodically too. You can use a common household furniture cleaner such as Pledge to do this.
The eyes of your trophy mount may become dull over time and lose their lifelike appearance. This situation can easily be reversed thanks to Windex. Just avoid getting the chemicals on the lower eyelids and surrounding areas on the face.
Pests can become a problem for your trophy mounts too when you arent around the home. Cockroaches and moths are common, but beetles can also cause problems as well. You can take measures to prevent them by using moth balls or cedar chips.
Check on your mount on a regular basis too. If you see any adult insects, chances are they have laid eggs which will eventually lead to damage being caused to the mount. If an infestation gets bad enough, you may need to take the mount to a taxidermist to have it treated.
Also, trophy mounts that aren’t cared for properly will most likely develop certain issues. It can be a real hassle getting some of these problems repaired. That’s why it’s best to prevent them in the first place. Repairs can be quite expensive, and the taxidermist will need to be knowledgeable enough to do them and produce quality work.
Also, trophy mounts need special care to make them last as long as possible. Trophies should be taken care of a lot like fine furniture. There is some things you could be doing to harm your mounts.
Much care must be taken to limit the amount of light, especially direct sunlight that comes through your trophy room windows. Any natural light can be dangerous, but sunlight shining directly onto a mount will wreak absolute havoc to that mount. Sunlight will bleach the pigment right out of the fur or hair and cause amount to fade so badly that it will become a color that it should never be!
It’s important to keep in mind that darker colored animal fur and hair will fade quicker than lighter colored fur and hair. If you have any animals sitting in the direct light of any kind, beware! You may end up with a two-toned animal just like the bear mentioned above.
One way to prevent the amount of light that your windows will allow and thus cause fading is to get a glass company to cover your windows with a filtered covering. Hanging good quality blinds and curtains on the windows are another way of preventing too much light from seeping into your trophy room.