Traditional taxidermy animals are usually cleaned and preserved. From full mounts, to shoulder mounts, if you are in need of a repair or restoration for your taxidermy specimens, then you can call Boise Taxidermist. It is not always critical to preserve a mount, however there may be pieces that are particularly meaningful to you. Museums will often preserve and repair specimens of extinct or endangered species. This is especially important for those involved in education. We often work with professors and zoologists to repair and maintain mounts of all kinds.
Causes of Deterioration
There are many causes of deterioration that can occur in taxidermy. They are often susceptible to pests, lights, temperature, humidity and general neglect. If they are not stored properly or their display is not cared for, then deterioration can happen naturally. Deterioration can also happen if the specimen is not handled with proper care. Generally, damage from pests includes infestation and can be identified by chewing marks, loss of hair, webbing or even fecal stains. Damage from the environment is generally difficult to avoid. Damage that is cause by humans is preventable, but it is hard to completely eliminate even with proper handling education.
Taxidermy can collect dirt and dust over time causing it to deteriorate more quickly. Taking measures to regularly clean and maintain these specimens can help increase their lifespan. Basic cleaning can be done regularly to prevent damage. Fur can be cleaned with a soft comb to loosen any particles and then wiped down with water and mild soap. Furniture polish can also help; however, it may eventually cause wax to build up and dull the fur. Feathers should be dusted regularly or even vacuumed. If grease is affecting the specimen, then the use of solvents may be needed. Any exposed skins can be cleaned with a microfiber cloth.
In order to maintain your taxidermy specimens, then proper precautions will need to be taken. It is very important that proper storage and display conditions are met. This is one of the most effective ways to prevent damage and also allow them to be monitored regularly so that action can be taken at the first sign of damage. It is also important that they are kept contained in a case that is effective at preventing pest and light damage.
When you choose our taxidermists to repair and maintain your specimens, you can be sure that we will use the proper cleaning agents that are suitable for your particular specimen. Additionally, if you are even in need of shipping, we can help you with the packing to make sure that your specimen is properly cared for and preserved in transit.