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Traffic Lane Grays

According to the FLOOR COVERING DICTIONARY, it says this about apparent soiling:
Something perceived as being soiled (e.g., abrasion), but which actually may be free of foreign substances. See fading shading and wear.

Traffic Lane Gray is a form of apparent soil. Apparent Soil looks like soil, but it is a texture variation. Light will make it disappear.

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This is a problem that looks like soil, but really is not. The picture above shows an area in front of the door that looks dirty. If you look closely, you will noticed that the bright spot near the door plate appears to be clean. This is because the light reflection make this imaginary soil disappear. Traffic Lane Gray will diminish and/or disappear in intense light; real soil will become more apparent.
Traffic Lane Grays are due to scratches on the surface of synthetic yams, the loss of filaments on staple pile yarns systems, crushing and other usage and maintenance factors. It is not true soil and can not be corrected by cleaning. It is generally attributed to maintenance issues.