How to clean your metal detector ?

Cleaning your metal detector is an essential part of its maintenance to ensure it works properly and lasts a long time.

Over time, dirt, dust, and moisture can accumulate on your device, especially if you use it frequently outdoors. By keeping your metal detector clean, you can prevent malfunctions and keep it in good condition.

In this guide, we will walk you through simple steps to clean different parts of your metal detector, so you can enjoy your treasure hunting adventures without any hassle.

Before you start cleaning, it’s important to gather a few basic supplies: a soft cloth, mild soap, water, and a brush with soft bristles.

First, make sure your metal detector is turned off and remove the batteries to avoid any electrical issues. You’ll then clean the coil, control box, and shaft carefully to remove any dirt or grime.

By following these easy steps, you’ll keep your metal detector in top shape, ensuring it performs at its best every time you use it.

1. Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

Before cleaning your metal detector accessories, it’s essential to ensure you have all the necessary supplies within reach.

These typically include a soft cloth or rag, a soft-bristled brush such as a toothbrush, mild soap, lukewarm water, and cotton swabs.

Having these items readily available will streamline the cleaning process and ensure you can effectively remove dirt and grime from your detector’s various components.

2. Turn Off and Disconnect

Safety should always be a top priority when cleaning electronic devices like metal detectors. Before beginning the cleaning process, it’s crucial to turn off the metal detector to prevent any accidental activation during cleaning.

If your detector operates on batteries, remove them to further ensure safety. Additionally, detach any peripherals such as headphones or external speakers to prevent damage during cleaning.

3. Clean the Detector’s Body

While the main body of the metal detector typically accumulates less dirt than other components, it still requires attention during cleaning.

Dampen a soft cloth with lukewarm water and, if necessary, add a small amount of mild soap. Gently wipe down the body of the detector, being careful to avoid pressing buttons or switches excessively. Once cleaned, use a dry cloth to promptly dry the body to prevent moisture damage.

4. Handle the Control Box with Care

The control box is the “brain” of your metal detector and requires gentle handling during cleaning. It’s essential not to submerge the control box in water, as this could damage its internal components.

Instead, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe the surface of the control box, removing any dirt or debris. For hard-to-reach areas and crevices, use a dry cotton swab to gently pick up dust and dirt.

5. Cleaning the Search Coil

The search coil is the part of the metal detector that is most exposed to dirt and debris during use. Begin by gently brushing off any loose dirt or sand from the coil using a soft-bristled brush.

Next, wipe the coil with a damp cloth to remove any remaining dirt or grime. If your search coil is waterproof, you can rinse it under lukewarm water to ensure thorough cleaning.

However, if you’re unsure about its waterproof capabilities, it’s best to avoid direct water contact to prevent damage.

6. Check and Clean the Shaft

Extend the shaft of your metal detector fully and inspect it for any accumulated dirt or debris. Wipe down the entire length of the shaft with a damp cloth to remove any surface dirt.

Pay particular attention to telescoping parts, ensuring that no sand or dirt is trapped, as this can cause wear over time and affect the detector’s performance.

7. Inspect Cables and Connectors

Cables and connectors are crucial components of your metal detector and should be inspected and cleaned regularly to ensure optimal performance.

Gently wipe down the cables with a soft cloth to remove any dirt or debris. Use a cotton swab to clean the connectors, ensuring they are free from any buildup that could interfere with their functionality.

8. Reassemble and Store Properly

Once all components of your metal detector are clean and dry, it’s time to reassemble the device. Reconnect any peripherals that were detached and reinsert batteries if necessary.

Finally, store your metal detector in a cool, dry place to prevent damage from moisture or extreme temperatures. If possible, use a protective case to safeguard your detector when not in use.

Proper storage will help prolong the life of your metal detector and ensure it remains in optimal condition for future use.


Cleaning your metal detector isn’t just about maintaining its appearance; it’s about ensuring its performance and longevity. 

With regular care and gentle cleaning, your metal detector will be ready for countless adventures, always offering its best in helping you discover the treasures that lie beneath.

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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