Do Tesla's White Interiors Hold Up Against Red Wine Stains?

Do Tesla's White Interiors Hold Up Against Red Wine Stains?

Tesla’s futuristic white interior option is the most popular among the company’s customers. But this option may also have its downsides, and for some, keeping the white seats clean is at the top of the list.

Above: A Tesla Model 3 with white interiors (Image: Casey Murphy / EVANNEX).

To demonstrate the white seats’ cleanability and stain resistance characteristics, Tesla recently shared a short video clip on the company’s official Twitter account. The footage shows a person pouring red wine on a white Tesla car seat and wiping it off. Interestingly, the white seat gets completely cleaned after the demonstrator wipes off the spill with a microfiber cloth.

Tesla performed this ‘white seat red wine stain resistance test’ on a Model Y with a white interior. However, the same vegan leather (ultra-white synthetic leather) is used for Tesla seats across the entire lineup. So, the result of the red wine stain resistance challenge applies to all Tesla vehicle seats.

In a follow-up tweet, the automaker also gave a tip on how to clean dirt off the Tesla white seats easily.

“Most dirt can be wiped off with just warm water & a microfiber cloth,” Tesla wrote.

When Tesla initially launched the white interior of the Model 3 in 2018, owners had concerns that these seats would get stained quickly. Tesla owners having kids especially showed more concern for their beautiful white seats. Still, CEO Elon Musk has been outspoken about the white interior's stain resistance for several years now.

In response to Musk’s above tweet, Tesla owner and retail investor Vincent Yu performed the red wine stain resistance test on his Tesla Model 3 white seats, and the video and tweet went viral at the time.

The other major issue is that the white seats get stained by the friction of jeans. These blue or black jeans stains are different from the red wine stains, of course. At Tesla Oracle, we previously posted an article on how to clean jean stains from the white seats of your Tesla vehicle.

Crucially, Tesla recommends that you wipe the liquid off of your Tesla seats as soon as possible after the spill. Tesla also warns against storing large amounts of liquid in your vehicle, as a significant spill can damage the electrical and electronic components.

Musk also always wanted to give Tesla vehicle interiors a 'spaceship feel,' and the white interior definitely seems to help accomplish this.

Tesla owners who have kept their white interior cars for a long period of time testify that keeping the white seats clean is not as difficult as it seems. You can use a microfiber cloth and soap to clean them. In addition, using an optional leather conditioner on them can offer even better results.

Tesla white seats come as the 'Black and White' interior package. The automaker charges $1,000 for it in the Model 3 and Y and $2,000 for the upgrade in the Model S and X for the premium interior option.

In the video below, Tesla owner David Tomic shows us what Tesla white seats look like after 100,000 miles, and he offers instructions on how to properly clean them.


Above: How to keep WHITE Tesla Seats Clean (Video: David Tomic / via YouTube).


Sources: Twitter, David Tomic (via YouTube)
Note: An earlier version of this article was published at Tesla Oracle. Author: Iqtidar Ali.