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Cleaning an old bird mount

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by MikeDW, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. MikeDW

    MikeDW Member

    Had a very dirty old bird mount come in. Owner would like me to clean and repair it. Does anyone have a safe way to clean/wash a bird mount. It has a wrapped body.
  2. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Use a feather duster and wipe it with the feathers (head to tail) you can use a slice of white bread to get the surface crud that the duster didn't get. Windex for the eyes. As far as washing it, I wouldn't suggest it, but there may be others here that have other methods that work better.

  3. MikeDW

    MikeDW Member

    Thanks, but this bird needs more than a feather duster/surface cleaning. I need to know how to get the dirt deeper down without damaging it.
  4. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    Put it in the washing machine on delicate cycle and dryer on low heat :)
  5. AubreyW

    AubreyW Active Member

    Haha dang
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  6. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    DA and toothbrush with borax then blowdry with your airbrush take a section at a time
  7. MikeDW

    MikeDW Member

    Thanks, I'll try that!
  8. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Don't nix the bread. You'll be surprised.
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  9. OhDear

    OhDear New Member

    Feathers can be wiped down with Laquer thinner on a rag- especially if grease/smoke is an issue. I use a hand held steamer to help reknit any seperated feathers- it takes a bit but it works!
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