Can Tesla’s Other White Seats Really Stay Clean?

The unusual white upholstery is probably a popular choice among Tesla owners because it seems to match the automaker’s futuristic look. Much like the all-white interior of the spaceship in the epic Stanley Kubrick movie 2001Tesla’s stark white interior exudes an aesthetic experience from another world.

A look at Tesla’s all-white interior option (Source: Tesla)

As good as they look (and kind of cool), some Tesla owners (and others) are concerned about stains these seats might attract—particularly from dyed denim (say, blue jeans).

Since the driver’s seat is the most commonly used in any car, it’s more likely to pick up stains from jeans than any other car seat. Notably, Tesla began switching to vegan leather seating in 2015 to stay focused on its sustainability mission.

White seats are part of the White Cabin premium package. For the Tesla Model 3 and Y, it costs an additional $1,000 over the MSRP, and for the Model S and X, it’s a $2,000 option.

Model 3 seat white with stains of dyed denimA Tesla Model 3 seat that has temporary stains from some jeans (Source: u/streakybcn via Reddit)

A Tesla owner recently asked the Reddit community how to clean or remove stains from his white Tesla Model 3 seats. u/streakybcn posted the above photo of his white, denim stained driver’s seat which several other Tesla owners have given their advice on.

The most common cleaning solution for white seats suggested by current Tesla owners was baby wipes. However, the frequency should not be more than once a week to avoid damaging the plant skin with too much cleaning. However, is there a cheaper (and safer) way to clean these seats?

yes! According to the cleaning section of the owner’s manual, Tesla officially recommends that the best way to clean a white bench seat is to simply use a soft cloth dampened with only non-detergent soap and water.

White Tesla Model 3 seater with jeans patches.Comparison of cleaning and staining using soap, water and a soft cloth (Source: The Tesla Sheep / YouTube, called Iqtidar Ali / TeslaOracle.com).

Wipe up spills and chemical residues from interior surfaces as soon as possible using a soft cloth dampened in warm water and a non-detergent soap. Wipe gently in a circular motion. Then dry with a soft, lint-free cloth,” Tesla notes in the owner’s manual.

Additionally, Tesla adds, “Although seat surfaces are designed to repel stains, Tesla recommends regular cleaning to maintain performance and new look. Immediately treat dye transfer from clothing, such as indigo-dyed denim. Avoid contact with harsh chemicals, Including some cosmetics. Never use cleansers that contain alcohol or bleach.”

To view this in more detail, YouTube channel “The Tesla Sheep” recently demonstrated how to clean a white Tesla vegan leather seat using just soapy water and a soft cloth (video below). This is inexpensive, effective and does not harm the protective coating of the seats.

How to clean white Tesla seats for $0.00 (YouTube: The Tesla Sheep)

An earlier version of this article was originally published by Tesla Oracle. Revised update edited by EVANNEX.


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