Just curious but does everyone wash their mounts when done and why do you and are there advantages to washing them. (other than the obvious of cleaning them but aren't they clean when you get them back from being tanned) Wouldn't you be rehydrating them? Just curious
It's not necessary to wash mounts, it's just something I do. In the last 2 weeks I've mounted 3 elk and a buffalo. 2 were wet tanned by my wholesaler, 1 was tanned by myself and one was professionally fur dressed by H&H. All 4 were still shampooed just before finishing regardless of how they were prepared prior to mounting. I also do the same thing with all my coyotes, fox, bobcat, etc..
They look fine after mounting and drying, I just really like the softness and sheen I achieve after shampooing, conditioning and drying. Your shampoo and conditioner is not on longer than a few minutes and most of the moisture is removed immediately by a blower so no, there is no re hydration.
Like I said, I guess it's not really necessary, it's just something I do that I feel completes the finishing process. I've never had a mount look worse, only better after doing it so I'll continue (or bribe my wife into) doing it. It really just makes the mount softer and more presentable. When set in a gameroom with other mounts the client may have had done by say another dermist it's just that little edge I want to make my mount outshine (no pun intended) the others.
Mine and most of all our business is through word of mouth........gotta do what you can to make yours the cleanest in finished appearance among the others it may be presented with.