My philosophy is that if we make a mess, we need to clean it up. If we do something wrong, we need to do everything possible to fix it. It’s the responsible and respectful thing to do.
Having said that, maybe, if the issue is really, really minor, and only affects us, it might be acceptable to cover it up.
This is what prompted this train of thought. My husband and I were driving to an important event. We stopped for coffee for the ride. I spilled coffee down the left side of my black dress. I tried to clean it with water. That made it worse. We did not have time to go back home so I could change. We did have time, barely, to stop at a department store where I bought a scarf. I used the scarf to cover the coffee stains.
Again, I think we should try to clean things up. But, maybe, once in a while, it’s okay to cover it up. (Of course, I didn’t even do a very good job of covering it up because I told too many people what had happened!)