Interior Detailing: Tools, Techniques, and Materials — /DRIVE CLEAN

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Cleaning the interior of my car is as important to me as
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the exterior, because when I’m with my car, I’m mostly inside
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behind the wheel.
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I want the cabin to look, smell, and, more importantly,
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feel clean.
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For today’s interior detailing episode, we’re going to cover
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a variety of techniques.
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Some are very basic and easy and can be done for under $20,
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while other techniques are more advanced and will require
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additional cleaning tools.
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We’re going to go over a lot of information today, so be
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sure and check out ammonyc.com for a free a downloadable PDF
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with a listing of these step-by-step instructions.
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Having the right tools is key to doing an interior detail.
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On this side here, we have microfiber towels.
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We have brushes and, of course, a few products.
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This would be considered the weekend warrior side of the
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detailing tools.
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Over here, we have our professional.
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We have big, heavy vacuums, ozone machines.
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We have Porter cables with brushes on them, steam
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machines, and hot water extractor.
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Whatever tool fits your budget, time, and the amount
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of cars and condition that you’re working with, these are
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all great options for your interior detailing.
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Once all miscellaneous items are removed from the interior,
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the first and most basic technique for cleaning
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leather, plastics, and vinyl is with a designated interior
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cleaner and a microfiber towel.
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Apply a few squirts to a clean microfiber towel.
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Then wipe away the dirt with medium pressure.
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In some cases, this may be enough to clean the material
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you’re working.
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However, this Lexus requires another few steps because of
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its heavy dirt and grime.
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For step two, add your interior cleanser to a soft
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bristle brush and agitate until foamy lather is created.
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Unlike painted surfaces, circles can be used on leather
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with your interior brush.
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Don’t allow the cleaner to dry on the surface, as the dirt is
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suspended within the lather you’ve created.
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Immediately wipe with a microfiber tower.
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After step two, most interiors are back in shape.
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But in rare cases, technique three may be required.
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Although this section of the side bolster looks much
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better, there are small areas that need a little extra help.
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For technique three, apply two squirts of your cleaner to an
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interior scrub pad with light pressure, and in straight
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lines, work the remaining blemish until the surface is
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perfectly clean.
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Remember to avoid pushing too hard and be aware of old and
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brittle surfaces, as this is an aggressive cleaning
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technique reserved for difficult stains.
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Much like paint, always work your way up from the least
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aggressive technique until you find the method that works
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best on that particular staining or material.
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When cleaning most steering wheels, I prefer to use the
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interior brush on wrapped leather because of the exposed
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stitching that is easily cleaned with the
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hairs of the brush.
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Work in small areas to avoid premature drying, and use a
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microfiber towel to grip the wheel and wipe it clean.
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It’s common for the steering wheel to feel slightly sticky
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after it’s been cleaned because the dirt and oils from
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the driver’s hands have been removed, leaving behind a
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clean, non-greasy texture.
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When dust accumulates on the dashboard, simply add two
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squirts of the interior cleaner and wipe with a
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microfiber towel.
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In most cases, using a brush or a scrub pad is unnecessary.
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Much like the steering wheel, the armrest contains the most
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body oils and sweat.
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In this example, I used all three techniques to show what
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can be achieved after just a few minutes of carefully
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lifting and removing embedded dirt and oils.
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Besides the obvious color change from dirty to clean,
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notice the difference in sheen.
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The clean side has a natural matte finish, while the dirty
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has a shiny or light-reflective quality
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that’s common on greasy surfaces.
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If you have access to a steamer, it can be extremely
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helpful on center consoles, cup holders, and plastic seams
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because of the 65 to 70 psi it creates with
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low residual water.
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A simple microfiber towel, along with your brush, is also
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an effective method for cleaning around buttons,
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shifter booths, and cup holders if
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don’t have a steamer.
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Headliners can be tricky to clean because they are thinner
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and generally the most delicate material used on the
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interior of the car.
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Avoid oversoaking the headliner, as it can cause the
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fabric to sag by loosening the glue.
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Directly apply the cleaner to a brush or a microfiber towel
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before attempting to clean it.
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The goal is to lift the stain without tearing the liner or
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disturbing the fibers.
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Lightly blot the stain, then comb the fibers to help blend
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in the clean area with the surrounding liner so it
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doesn’t stand out.
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Make sure to take your time on the driver’s side door, as it
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typically accumulates heavy dirt and oil
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from constant use.
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All three techniques may need to be used on the various
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surfaces that makes the door panel.
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The door jam kick panels tend to be a harder plastic, so I
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like to use technique three and scrub with firm pressure
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to remove the common shoe scuffs from getting in and out
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of the car.
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If you’re a professional, high-volume shop, or simply
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love power tools, you can convert a basic dual-action
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polisher to an interior scrub machine.
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This brush is designed for leather because it’s soft yet
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effective at lifting dirt.
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Add a few squirts to the brush and the area being cleaned.
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Notice I didn’t oversaturate the seat because of the
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perforations built into the leather.
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Add more cleaner as the area needs it and work the machine
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in a crisscross pattern to effectively
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covers the entire area.
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Wipe clean with the microfiber towel.
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For the deepest clean, I use a steam machine with a
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microfiber towel wrapped around the wand.
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Step one is to heat the surface to open the pores of
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the leather while removing the top layer of heavy dirt.
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While it’s still hot, step two is to directly apply interior
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cleaner and agitate with your interior brush.
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You can also use the scrub pad if necessary.
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This technique is highly effective for deep cleaning
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and bacteria removal, especially for abnormally
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dirty seats and when mold is present.
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Once all the leather is cleaned and the pores of the
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hide opened, it’s essential to moisturize or condition the
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material to avoid stress cracking or drying out.
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Be sure to remove the excess residue for a matte finish.
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Cleaning cloth and carpet can be tricky.
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Here are a few different techniques that you can use it
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based on the level of dirt, your comfort level, and
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machines you may own.
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No one method is always best, so use the one you’re most
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comfortable with.
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For the first technique, presoak the
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carpet with fabric cleaner.
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Then use the steamer and scrubber nozzle
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to heat up the fibers.
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Once heated, reapply another round of fabric cleaner and
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scrub with a carpet brush.
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Finally, soak up with a clean microfiber towel.
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If you don’t have any machines, that’s OK.
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Much can be accomplished with a simple bucket of hot water,
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carpet brush, and a fabric cleaner.
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Liberally apply your cleaner, then scrub in opposing
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directions with firm pressure.
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Once the dirt is lifted, wipe clean with a microfiber towel.
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For a professional deep clean, a hot-water extractor is a
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fantastic option because it removes the loosened soils
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immediately without the need of additional an wet-vac step.
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I use a crisscross pattern to ensure every fiber is heat
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treated from two different angles so
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that nothing is missed.
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Once all carpets are cleaned, I like to follow up with a
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final vacuum.
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Afterwards, I install carpet stripes for a fresh new car
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look and feel.
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Start by brushing all the fibers in one direction.
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Then use the width of the brush to point the pile in
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opposing directions, giving the illusion of stripes.
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When I’m doing my final checkover, I like to bring my
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vacuum along with me to think of anything I may have missed
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in the previous steps.
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Be sure to pull open seat jams and vacuum out seat tracks,
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all the while visually inspecting your work for
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stains that may have reappeared as they dried,
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which is not uncommon.
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OK, we’ve reviewed a variety of techniques and showed a
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range of tools that I’ve used as a professional detailer.
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But at the end, use the techniques that work for you
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in your situation and enjoy the satisfaction that comes
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from driving in a meticulously clean interior cabin.
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For a downloadable PDF of these steps, check out
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ammonyc.com.
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That’s it for me, guys.
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Thanks for watching another episode of “Drive Clean” right
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here on DRIVE network.
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