Global Surface Disinfectant Market Size By Type (Chemical based (Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, Hypochlorite, Alcohols, Aldehydes, Peroxides, Others), Bio-based), By Form (Liquids, Wipes, Spray), By End-user (Healthcare, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Residential), By Distribution Channel (Online, Offline) Industry Analysis Report, Country Outlook Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

Published Date: Aug 2020  |  Report ID: GMI4805  |  Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Kritika Mamtani

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 260   |   Base Year: 2019

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Global Surface Disinfectant Market size was over USD 5.3 billion in 2019 and is estimated to grow over 7.54% CAGR between 2020 and 2026. Increasing demand from healthcare sector coupled with increasing occurrences of hospital acquired infections (HAI) and infection transmitted diseases will promote market growth during the forecast period.

Surface disinfectants are chemicals that are designed to destroy or neutralize microorganisms present on inert surfaces. The substance is also used as an effective form of decontamination, to reduce or remove the presence of pathogenic microorganisms. Increasing incidences of hospital acquired infections is fostering strong demand for surface disinfectants across the global healthcare industry.

Increasing prevalence of healthcare associated infections, also known as hospital acquired infections (HAI) or nosocomial infections contracted by patients while receiving medical or surgical treatment is likely to raise the surface disinfectant market demand in the coming years. HAIs may also be contracted by patients through medical professionals or through excessive use of antibiotics.

Surface Disinfectants Market Statistics

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The high death rate of patients due to HAIs is compelling medical professionals to opt for surface disinfectants. The high death rate due to HAIs is can be understood by the fact that about 72,000 hospitalized patients died due to HAIs in the U.S. acute care hospitals in 2015. The various efforts being undertaken by different associations at the national and regional levels to combat the problem of HAIs such as the Agency Priority Goal set by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is expected to further demand the use of surface disinfectant products in the next few years.

The increasing cases of chronic health disorders such as diabetes, blood pressure, heart problems and obesity are expected to create an awareness regarding cleanliness and personal hygiene on a domestic level among people, which may foster the growth of the market. Furthermore, the increasing occurrences of infection transmitted diseases such as COVID-19 may further drive the surface disinfectant market growth during the forecast period. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Council has set out guidelines for the use of different types of products based on alcohols, aldehydes, phenolics, quaternary ammonium compounds, etc. The Charter for Sustainable Cleaning is a brand label which meets the requirements of ISO 14025 for type III environmental labels to ensure high environmental safety standards and minimize waste in bio-based disinfectants. Besides, some products have hazardous effects on the human body if not used carefully, which may restrict the use of chemical disinfectants to some extent throughout the assessment period.

For instance, products based on phenols leave behind a chemical residue, which acts as a favorable environment for bacteria to grow in it, thus causing the risk of spread of infections. Sodium hypochlorite is a highly corrosive disinfectant and causes irritation to the respiratory system, thus causing hazards to the cleaning personnel handling them.

Global Surface Disinfectant Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year:2019Historical Data for:2015 to 2019
Market Size in 2019:5.3 Billion (USD)Forecast Period:2020 to 2026
Forecast Period 2020 to 2026 CAGR:7.54%No. of Pages:260
Tables, Charts & Figures:143
Geographies covered (20):U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, China, India, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, South Korea, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa
Segments covered:Type, Form, End-user and Distribution Channel
Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing prevalence of hospital-acquired infections
  • Increasing occurrence of infection transmission diseases such as COVID-19
  • Rapid growth of food & beverage sector
  • Increasing consumer preference towards use of bio-based, nature-friendly disinfectants
  • Increasing awareness regarding cleanliness and personal hygiene
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Higher price of chemical-based surface disinfectants compared to bio-based disinfectants.
  • Harmful effects of chemical-based surface disinfectants if not used properly

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Increasing environmental benefits and compatibility with human body tissues to raise the demand for bio-based surface disinfectants

Surface Disinfectants Market by Bio-based Disinfectants

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The surface disinfectant market analysis is segmented by type into chemical-based and bio-based. Bio-based surface disinfectants are expected to reach USD 699.55 Million by 2026 from USD 384.34 Million in 2019 growing at a CAGR of 8.6% throughout the forecast period. Chemical-based products are further classified into quaternary ammonium compounds, hypochlorite, alcohols, aldehyde, peroxides and others. The increasing demand for green and environment friendly products is mainly attributed to the fact that they are effective at killing germs without causing any buildup of toxic chemicals and eliminate the hazardous effects on eyes, skin and respiratory and nervous system.

Several manufacturers are investing heavily in R&D to develop innovative bio-based formulations to sustain the competition in the surface disinfectant market. For instance, Thymox, a Canada-based company has formulated Thymox Surface, Thymox AG and Thymox Hoof disinfectants based on Thymol, a compound based on natural plant extracts. The product contains thyme oil which prevents carcinogenic effects and kills influenza A virus.

Ease of availability coupled with easy application to trigger the market for liquid surface disinfectants

Surface Disinfectants Market by Liquid Form

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The surface disinfectant market share from liquids segment is expected to hold a market value of USD 3.38 Billion in 2019 and grow at a CAGR of 8.0% between 2020 and 2026. Liquids have been traditionally used for surface disinfection purposes owing to its ease of application and easy availability. Moreover, the increasing demand for liquid products for disinfecting large surfaces such as hospital floors, residential floors and large equipment used in hospitals is likely to further propel the growth of liquid product segment.

Furthermore, the relatively low cost of liquid disinfectants and the reduced risk of eliminating toxic gases into the air as in case of disinfectants in spray form may further boost the growth of the surface disinfectant market.

Increasing risk of healthcare associated infections to raise the demand for surface disinfectants from healthcare sector

Surface Disinfectants Market by Healthcare Industry

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Healthcare end user segment is expected to reach USD 3.7 Billion by 2026 from USD 2.2 Billion in 2019 growing at a CAGR of 8.1% during the forecast period. Increasing cases of infection transmitted diseases such as COVID-19 is likely to create an awareness regarding the need for disinfection among healthcare professionals. Increasing ageing population coupled with the prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure, heart disorders and obesity is encouraging healthcare professionals to opt for the use of surface disinfectants in hospitals and health care facilities.

Moreover, the increasing risk of patients contracting healthcare associated infections may further raise the surface disinfectant market revenue from healthcare sector. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), HAIs account for about 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year in America. Out of these, urinary tract infections account for about 32%, surgical site infections around 22%, lung infections about 15% and blood stream infections about 14% each year.

Direct delivery of products to doorstep and interesting offers to augment the share of online distribution channel

Surface Disinfectants Market by Online Distribution Channel

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Online distribution channel is expected to reach USD 2.1 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 8.2% over the forecast period. The growth of the surface disinfectant market should be primarily driven by the ability to choose from a wide variety of brands of the product by comparing their prices online. Moreover, online sites such as Indiamart, Alibaba etc. also provide special offers such as discounts on the purchase of these products, which is likely to attract customers. The ease of availability of products coupled with direct delivery of products to doorstep may further trigger the growth of online distribution channel.

The Natural Cleaner Company of Queensland, Australia has formulated a hospital-grade disinfectant made from bioflavonoid and organic acids. The product is completely biodegradable and emits a citrus scent before dissipating. The company sells its product to the general public online.

Increasing occurrences of healthcare associated infections coupled with increasing prevalence of chronic health disorders to escalate the market growth in North America

Surface Disinfectants Market by North America Region

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The North America surface disinfectant market is expected to reach USD 2.9 Billion by 2026 from 1.7 Billion in 2019 owing to increasing instances of healthcare associated infections in the region. Furthermore, the increasing cases of infection transmitted diseases such as COVID-19 may raise the demand for surface disinfectants in the region.

For instance, there have been around 60.4 lac cases of coronavirus and about 1.8 lac deaths sue to COVID-19 in the U.S. till date. The prevalence of chronic health disorders such as diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases and obesity has created an awareness regarding cleanliness and personal hygiene among people, which is likely to propel the surface disinfectant market share.

Inorganic growth strategies such as acquisition and production expansion among industry participants to accelerate market competitiveness

Key players operating in the surface disinfectants industry are 3M Group, Reckitt Benckiser Group llc, Proctor & Gamble, The Clorox Company, STERIS Plc., Ecolab, Lanxess AG, Neogen Corp., Dupont, Cantel Medical, Johnson & Johnson, Diversey, Inc., CarroLLClean, Metrex Research, LLC and Whiteley Corporation.

The market may witness consolidation in the form of acquisitions & joint ventures, and mergers which may strengthen product portfolio and augment share for the market. Besides players are also investing in research and development activities to develop better quality products and sustain their position in the market.

In March 2015, 3M Group acquired Ivera Medical Corp., which is a manufacture of disinfecting healthcare products and protect devices used for access into a patient’s bloodstream. This strategic acquisition would enable the company to strengthen its product portfolio for surface disinfectants and reduce complications for patients with I.V. catheters.

In June 2017, The Clorox Company launched Improved Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectants and Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Wipes with the same disinfecting power, and improved surface compatibility and visibly less residue for better user and patient experience.

In July 2019, Cantel Medical Corp. acquired Hu-Friedy Mfg Co, which is a manufacturer of instruments and instrument reprocessing workflow systems serving the dental industry. This acquisition would enable the company to strengthen its product portfolio in infection prevention, instrument, and instrument management solutions in the dental segment.

The global surface disinfectant market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Kilotons & revenue in USD Million from 2015 to 2026 for the following segments:

By Type

  • Chemical-based
    • Quaternary Ammonium Compounds
    • Hypochlorite
    • Alcohols
    • Aldehydes
    • Peroxides
    • Others
  • Bio-based

By Form

  • Liquids
  • Wipes
  • Spray

By End-user

  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Food & Beverage
  • Residential

By Distribution Channel

  • Online
  • Offline

The above information has been provided for the following countries:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
    • Thailand
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

In 2019 global surface disinfectants market size was valued at USD 5.3 billion will register over 7.54% CAGR through 2026, with increased demand from hospitals to prevent hospital acquired infections.
Bio-based surface disinfectants market share could hit USD 699.5 million in 2020. Bio-based disinfectants will witness higher demand owing to increased adoption of environment-friendly products to kill germs without toxic chemical build-up and lower the risk for respiratory & nervous systems.
The liquid form of surface disinfectants accounted for USD 3.38 billion of the global share with the ease of applicability and the growing demand for disinfecting surfaces like hospital floors and equipment.
With increasing COVID-19 cases, expanding geriatric population and prevalence of chronic diseases, surface disinfectants industry share form healthcare segment will reach over USD 3.7 billion by 2026.
North America surface disinfectants industry, in 2019, was valued at USD 1.9 billion and will expand notably with a high risk of hospital acquired infections and other infectious diseases like COVID-19.

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  • Published Date: Aug 2020
  • Pages: 260
  • Tables: 101
  • Charts / Figures: 42
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Countries covered: 20

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