I noticed (a bit too late) that a second hand striped white shirt I bought in a charity had a small dark burn mark - see picture. Is there any way to hide it or remove it?


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    What is the location of the burn mark relative to the entire shirt, from what I can see, it is along the button line, but high or low is it?
    – Xylius
    Jun 26, 2016 at 0:08
  • About half actually or slightly lower than that.
    – drake035
    Jun 26, 2016 at 21:27
  • You might get lucky and find a way to hide it, but don't count on removing it. Burns can't really be reversed. You can put jam on a burnt slice of toast, but you can't turn the toast back into bread. Jun 27, 2016 at 17:35
  • Finding a way to hide it basically what I'm enquiring about.
    – drake035
    Jun 28, 2016 at 6:59

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If it is the fibres that are burnt you can do little to remove the burn, anything you do will wear it out if the fibres are already damaged.

A careful hand wash with extra attention to the spot may dislodge any burnt jam or other dirt.

Using a chlorine or peroxide bleach may save the day if it is an organic stain that looks like a burn. Strong bleaches will weaken fabric and may strip the colour from the nearby details so test out of sight first.

Using a white marker carefully (check in a hidden spot first) may just be able to make your spot the same colour as the shirt but not remove it.

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    @drake035 There are white laundry markers for labelling dark clothes.
    – Stan
    Jun 29, 2016 at 0:29
  • @Stan My wife once purchased some white iron on tape that was intended for stamping names with dark ink on dark clothes. It left a very thin opaque white film, almost like latex or thick paint. It does obscure the weave but was pretty thin. A resin based (as opposed to wax) thermal transfer white ribbon may also be an option but do tests first before working in visible areas.
    – KalleMP
    Jul 11, 2016 at 19:47

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