Trophy Care Information...
The effectiveness of Seybrite Trophy Cleaner is dependent
upon applying a fine mist. The powerful cleaning agents
in Seybrite Trophy Cleaner make this mist very effective
in removing dirt, stain and odor. This product has no
unpleasant odor and is safe to use for Taxidermy mounts
and for the person using it.
For average soil conditions a single application is usually
sufficient. Badly soiled mounts however, should be cleaned
in stages. Allow mounts to dry thoroughly between cleaning
applications. Evaluate before continuing cleaning stages.
Do not attempt to remove very thick soil by soaking or
drenching mounts. There is no need to do this and saturating mounts may cause scalps to
Examples: Deer family, Antelope (all
species), Wild sheep etc. These types of mounts are fairly
durable and can take some handling. However care must be
taken not to damage them in handling. Following the basic
steps, wipe or vacuum surface dust, Mist entire mount with
cleaner, Wait, Wipe with damp towel, Brush. Evaluate mount
when it is dry. If additional cleaning is required repeat cleaning
steps. Warning! Aggressive scrubbing of antlers will
remove the dark color at their bases. When mount is cleaned
and dry apply Sheen and Shield protector to entire mount.
Examples: Bears, Cats, Wolves, and all
fur bearers. These mounts are also durable but use care in
handling them to prevent damage. Simply follow the directions
provided by Seybrite. Open mouth mounts are easily cleaned by
simply misting cleaning solution into the mouth, mist, Do
not soak. Allow the cleaning solution to dissolve soil
(about ten minutes). Then rinse with clean water using the
mist bottle furnished. Suggestions, place towel or bucket
under mouth to catch fluid. When dry, mist entire mount,
including inside of mouth with Sheen and Shield protector.
Example: Waterfowl, upland birds, and all feathered
mounts. These mounts are very delicate. They require very
careful handling. Do not vacuum surface dirt. Use a
feather duster or a very soft rag for this. Mist entire
mount with cleaning solution. Allow cleaner to dissolve
soil (about ten minutes). Using a soft damp rag, carefully
wipe with the direction of the feathers. Allow to dry
evaluate. When clean, mist with Sheen and Shield protector.
FISH AND REPTILE MOUNTS:
Examples: All salt and freshwater fish mounts as
well as snake, alligator etc. Fish mounts can be restored
without the need to repaint using Seybrite products. These
types of mounts are delicate and require careful handling.
Use feather duster or soft rag to remove surface dust.
Mist entire mount with cleaning solution. Allow cleaning
solution to dissolve soil (about ten minutes). With care,
wipe mount with damp soft rag in the direction of scales
if present. Be careful not to snag on fins or other parts
of mount. Suggestion; spray cleaning solution into open
mouth and open gills. Let cleaner dissolve soil then rinse
out with clean water. This removes dirt and soil from the
gills. Spray mount with Sheen and Shield protector.
Many insects damage mounts and fabric by chewing or
shredding the materials rather than by actual feeding and
are, therefore, not considered true fabric pests. Fabric
pests have been identified as the insects that do the most
damage to mounted trophies. True fabric pests feed upon
hair, wool,horn and other keratinous substances. Keratin
is composed of any of several sulfur containing fibrous
proteins that form the chemical basis of epidermal tissue
such as hoof, hair, feather, horn, fur and wool. True
fabric insect pests are the only insects known to feed on
this otherwise indigestible substance. Only the larval
stages of fabric pests feed on keatin. The adults feed
upon other substances.
Fabric pest insects need vitamins, minerals and amino acids
in addition keratin. These substances are invariably
present in the atmosphere of all home environments.
Airborne micro-organisms contain traces of these
essential nutrients that are deposited onto the surface
of the mount providing a complete diet for fabric pest
insects. The structure of hair, fur and feathers make
these types of mounts virtual filters that collect these
airborne substances. Over a period of time these contaminants
penetrate deep into the mount creating an attractive
environment for fabric pests.
Currently no specific insecticide has been developed
for the direct application to taxidermic animal mounts.
Sanitation and inspection are presently the best defense
against insect damage. Seybrite trophy cleaner deep
cleans and removes these contaminants.