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Cleaning White birds

Discussion in 'Taxidermy Forum' started by Call Turner, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. Call Turner

    Call Turner Senior Refuge Member

    Dec 26, 2001
    Nine Mile Falls, Wa
    I have a tundra swan and a snow goose mount that are starting to get darker with age. Is there a good way to clean them ? I keep them dusted but they are starting to show the dirt.
  2. Brad's Birds

    Brad's Birds Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

    Jan 8, 2005
    Illinois south part
    Not sure how they could "show the dirt" if you are keeping them dusted, they shouldn't turn dark with age. Either way, I have cleaned old mounts that were neglected for years using brake cleaner (solvent) from auto parts store. Spraying it directly from the can onto the mount in an outdoor location and away from any source of ignition, it is very flammable. The "dirt" runs off in streams. This may be too drastic for your purpose as the spray is pretty intense pressure-wise when it comes out of the can, but it works. It might be safer to spray it on a cloth and wipe the mounts down depending on how severe the dirt is. It evaporates really fast and any matting can usually be fluffed back up with compressed air or blow dryer set on low if necessary. Be sure not to get it on any painted areas (bill, feet) as it will remove the paint too.
  3. pukeko

    pukeko Senior Refuge Member

    Sep 19, 2013
    Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Sprinkle it on and wipe it off with a shop towel.

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