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The most preferred, softest, best smelling shampoo/soap/method for whitetails

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by H4, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. H4

    H4 New Member

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    I'm curious what everyone uses for washing their whitetail capes before mounting. I've used a few different tanneries the past few years and the last set of capes I got back last year were simply awesome. They smelled so good, were so soft, clean, etc. They shampoo'd/washed the capes before sending back...they were ready to mount for the most part. The other tannery sends back a nicely tanned cape, but specifically states they need to be washed before mounting. ...they are kind of oily, like liquaTan. In the past I've always just used Kemol 4 to wash my capes. While not unsatisfied with the results, they don't smell as good or feel near as soft as the other ones I got back. So I'm just curious what everyone uses to wash their capes or what methods you use (ex: tumble) to achieve the best results. Thanks
     
  2. Hey bud. For the most part I just run them through a wash and spin cycle using a Liquid Tide. I have never tried adding a fabric softener to the load but that may help as well. I do this on almost everything before I mount it. On some I will shampoo after mounting; goats, rams, bear, elk, etc...larger animals. On some with excess oil remaining I wash them down with laquer thinner and wipe clean. You hear yehs and nehs regarding anything tried, but I have never had any customer complaints regarding either way.
     

  3. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

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    I wash mine with nothing. Since there dry tanned and super clean, no need to, just rehydrate. Some wet tans can be a mess, use another tannery if that's the case.
     
  4. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    Pert here also. Why not ask the tannery what they used?
     
  5. woodsbaby

    woodsbaby New Member

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    I use pert.... smells so nice when mounting. sometimes i just sniff the mount afterwards. I wash mine in the sink but thinking of trying the washing machine option. That would work right? pert plus in the washing machine.....