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Soiled or dirty

Which is more wide ranging in meaning: "soiled" or "dirty"?

Does "soiled" imply a visible stain whereas dirty may include "not clean yet not visibly unclean"? Or is "soiled" the word to go for to include everything from "slightly unclean" and up?

I have received seemingly conflicting input on the issue!

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