How to Clean Moose Antlers

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A massive set of moose antlers should be on display for all to see, if not for their aesthetic appeal then certainly as a conversation piece. Yet, if the antlers have been locked away in an attic or garage or they simply haven't been cleaned in a while, they're probably caked in a layer of dirt and grime. Nobody wants to display shoddy moose antlers. Fortunately, cleaning the moose antlers and making them presentable is a rather simple and straightforward task.

Items you will need

  • Can of beeswax waterproofing

  • Soft, clean cloths

  • Old toothbrush

  • Mild, bleach-free soap (if necessary)

Moisten a clean cloth with warm water and scrub the antlers clean, removing any dust or other debris. If necessary, use a small amount of mild, non-bleach soap to clean any stubborn areas of dirt or stains from the antlers. It is important that you do not use bleach, as this will discolor the antlers.

Dry the moose antlers with a separate, clean, lint-free cloth.

Smear some beeswax waterproofing onto another clean cloth and thoroughly rub it onto the antlers. Make sure you cover the entire surface of the antlers.

Use an old toothbrush to work the beeswax into the small grooves and crevices on the moose antlers. The beeswax will not only seal the antlers and help prevent them future damage, it will also restore their previous color and luster.

Buff the moose antlers very lightly with clean, lint-free cloth.


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Arthur Barnhouse has written numerous short stories, contributed content to various websites and was an invited speaker at a university symposium on creative writing. He began writing in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Barnhouse has driven across the United States numerous times and draws upon his travel experiences in his writing.

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