Cleaning Dirty Sheds

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Cleaning Dirty Sheds

Postby MG11 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:32 pm

Just wondering if anyone cleans their sheds? I found a mud covered shed and cleaned with dove soap and water. This soap is gentle so I'm hoping it wont fade or damage the shed. Any thoughts?
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RE: Cleaning Dirty Sheds

Postby PastorZig » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:20 pm

I never thought anything about soap damaging the antler. I guess what I've done in the past is just wait for the mud to dry and then rub it off.

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RE: Cleaning Dirty Sheds

Postby Dan Schmidt » Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:20 pm

I've used concentrated laundry soap and a nylon brush in the past. I have also used "Tek" solution; this works better, but I don't use more than a couple of capfuls of it. Scrub the antler in this "soap bath," then immediately take it out and rinse with clean water. To restore the "natural" stain appearance, apply a thin coating of linseed oil. This gives it that natural luster.
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RE: Cleaning Dirty Sheds

Postby 4khorn » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:52 pm

If you are worried about the soap damaging the antler, I would just use plain water.
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RE: Cleaning Dirty Sheds

Postby charlie 01 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:47 am

I just use plain water. Never had to use any kind of soap. There isn't much that can harm an antler. I've had some sheds that have had a lot of black marks on them from deer rubbing on certain trees. Seems like every year I will get one or two like that. I take strong thinner and mild steel wool and rub the ugly marks off, with no harm to the antler.
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