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June 19th, 2018

More than two thirds of UK parents have been hit in the pocket due to spillages on flooring by their children – with some paying out as much as £3,000.

Results of a survey released by Selco Builders Warehouse - the UK’s fastest growing builders merchant - showed that a child’s licence to spill proves costly for their parents, who foot the bill for the clean-up.

Many of those affected by spillages were forced to fork out several hundred pounds to clean up the mess left behind by their children’s antics, with some repair bills drifting into the thousands.

The offending items ranged from pasta sauce, to drinks such as blackcurrant and milk, through to paint, pens, nappy contents and even slime.

The survey shows that more than half of the damage caused by youngsters occurs in the lounge and there’s no gender gap, with girls just as likely as boys to leave behind a costly trail of destruction.

Some parents elected not to have the damage repaired through fear of a repeat incident.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “Everyone accepts that children are going to have incidents when they are growing up but when it hits in the pocket to the tune of £3,000, it is a significant blow.

“Parents might be tempted to think that their children are especially clumsy but, rest assured, our survey suggests that parents everywhere have to deal with some serious spillages.

“More than 86 per cent of adults said, from their experience, carpets were the worst type of flooring for damage and stains from a child’s activities.

“The general perception is that one of the big benefits of having laminate flooring in your home is that it is more resistant to spillages and stains and that theory is certainly backed up by this survey.”

Full details of the survey can be found here.

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