How to Clean your metal detector coils

Metal detector coils are the heartbeat of your device. They play a crucial role in sensing what lies beneath the ground. 

Over time, dirt, sand, and other debris can accumulate on them, affecting their performance. 

Let’s dive in with GoldXtra to learn how you can keep your coils clean and your metal detector functioning at its best.

Why Clean the Coils?

  • Optimal Performance: Clean coils ensure the best sensitivity and depth range.
  • Longevity: Regular cleaning extends the life of the coils.
  • Accurate Readings: Dirt can cause false signals, leading to wasted time and effort.

Steps to Clean Your Coils

1. Inspect Regularly:

  • Frequency: After every hunting session, give your coils a quick look to check for obvious dirt or damage.
  • Attention to Detail: Pay attention to any cracks or damages as they might need further care or replacement.

2. Brush Off Dry Dirt:

  • Use Soft Brushes: Gently brush away sand, soil, and any loose debris from the coil’s surface.
  • Avoid Force: Being too aggressive can scratch or damage the coil.

3. Wipe with a Damp Cloth:

  • Mild Cleaning Solution: Mix a few drops of dish soap in water. Dip a soft cloth in the solution and wring it out so it’s not dripping wet.
  • Gentle Wipes: Clean the coil’s surface with a damp cloth, ensuring you don’t drench the coil.

4. For Stubborn Stains:

  • Soft Toothbrush: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub away tougher stains.
  • Mild Detergent: If necessary, a drop of mild detergent can help.


5. Dry Thoroughly:

  • Air Dry: Let the coil air dry completely before using it or storing it.
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight: This can warp or damage the coil, so let it dry in the shade.

Protection is Prevention

1. Coil Covers:

  • Shielding: Using a coil cover can protect it from scratches, dings, and excessive dirt.
  • Easy Cleaning: It’s simpler to clean or replace a coil cover than the coil itself.

2. Handle with Care:

  • Gentle Use: While metal detecting, try to avoid scraping the coil harshly against rocks or other hard surfaces.
  • Storage: When not in use, store your metal detector in a safe place where the coil won’t be bent or damaged.

In Conclusion

Keeping your metal detector’s coils clean is an essential practice for every enthusiast. 

A clean coil ensures accurate readings, optimal performance, and a longer life for your device. 

By following the simple steps above and practicing preventative care, you can ensure that your metal-detecting adventures remain fruitful and enjoyable.

Howard rockse

Hey there, I am Howard a deeply committed individual who likes to share my knowledge and insights in this field, having spent over ten years as a metal detectorist.

My experience with GoldXtra has allowed me to provide trustworthy and informative advice to both new and experienced metal-detecting enthusiasts. I’m committed to assisting others in exploring and enjoying the world of metal detecting with the same enthusiasm and dedication that I have.

Howard Rockse
Senior Content Writer at GoldXtra

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