GVR Report cover Surface Disinfectant Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Surface Disinfectant Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Composition (Chemical, Biobased), By Form (Liquid, Wipes), By End-use, By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-721-6
  • Number of Pages: 130
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global surface disinfectant market size was valued at USD 5.49 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.1% from 2023 to 2030. The growth is attributed to several factors such as changing lifestyles in developing economies and the rising awareness among livestock farmers concerning animal diseases and disinfections in livestock farms. There has been a significant decline in demand for raw materials and active ingredients due to the unprecedented outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the closure of multiple production hubs and factories globally. Multiple plants have been running at reduced rates or even shut down, which resulted in a supply-demand gap. However, the rise in demand for cleaning products, sanitizers, and disinfectants is expected to have a positive impact on market growth.

U.S. surface disinfectant market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

The raw materials used in the production of surface disinfectants are primarily the by-products of the petroleum sector. Local manufacturers in the developed economies of Europe, North America, and China mainly source these raw material ingredients. Recently, the industry observed a shift in the trend toward the usage of biodegradable surface disinfectants for preventing chemical-related toxicity. The raw materials required for biodegradable surface disinfectants are cheaper in comparison to chemicals and are easily available. As a result, bio-based surface disinfectant demand is expected to overtake conventional petroleum-based surface disinfectants in the coming future.

Surface disinfectants have witnessed a low to moderate rise in prices. However, the sudden upsurge in demand due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in supply shortages, leading to an increase in prices in 2020 and the impact might last at least till the first half of 2021. The stringent regulatory norms for disinfection in commercial, industrial, and institutional spaces have boosted the demand for the product

Surface disinfectants have various chemical substances. When used as per guidelines yield magnificent results. They help prevent the occurrence and transmission of various diseases. However, these substances can be harmful to humans and animals and ultimately leads to environmental problems. Incomplete knowledge regarding the proper use of surface disinfectants and the health hazards associated with these products can pose a potential threat to the market growth.

Composition Insights

Chemical products dominated the surface disinfectant market with a high revenue share of more than 91% in 2022. This is attributed to the rising utilization of hydrogen peroxide in industries such as food packaging, and in hospitals to disinfect various surfaces. Also, the rising utilization of quaternary ammonium compounds, as well as alcohols is anticipated to have a positive impact on the market growth.

Chemical surface disinfectants are primarily classified into two types, oxidizing and non-oxidizing disinfectants. Non-oxidizing disinfectants comprise aldehydes, amphoteric phenolics, alcohol, and quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs). These disinfectants are majorly segmented into three types which are, low level (QAC, Phenolic), intermediate level (iodine, alcohols, iodophore, hypochlorites), and high-level (ortho-phthalaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, peracetic acid, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde) disinfectants.

Biobased surface disinfectants are viewed as alternatives to chemical surface disinfectants owing to their non-toxic, biodegradable, and environment-friendly characteristics. The FDA approval to use biobased products in commercialization and formulations of surface disinfectants is expected to create huge opportunities for market participants. Also, the increasing application scope of biobased surface disinfectants along with a high potential to replace chemical surface disinfectants at economical levels is anticipated to create lucrative opportunities for existing as well as new market participants.

Form Insights

Liquid form dominated the market with a high revenue share of more than 63% in 2022. This high share is attributed to their variety of applications in industrial as well as household usage like kitchen fixtures, glazed ceramic tile, windows, plastics, exterior surfaces of applications, vinyl, and glass.

Liquid surface disinfectants are found in liquids and gels forms with minimum viscosity. Liquid disinfectants are toxic antimicrobial or biocidal, strong chemicals that can be used on contaminated surfaces. Biobased surface disinfectants are generally used in liquid form. Sodium hypochlorite is one of the commonly used liquid disinfectants in the livestock industry. It is an aqueous solution, which is not affected by water hardness. Such liquid disinfectants are used to omit the risk of several diseases as well as treat livestock infections.

Furthermore, wipes are moistened pieces of plastic or cloth. Surface disinfectant wipes are anticipated to witness growth because of their minimum probabilities of cross-contamination, convenience, and nil water consumption. Wipes are used for disinfecting equipment, especially in hospitals, where the use of liquids and sprays is not that easy.

Application Insights

In-house application held the largest revenue share of over 68% in 2022. Its high share is attributable to the sharp increase in the product demand for regular cleaning activities and disinfecting the interior of houses, especially after the ongoing pandemic situation.

In-house surfaces application includes industrial, commercial, and household surfaces. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has laid some regulations and recommendations for the disinfecting and cleaning processes to be followed. This process does not necessarily kill or clean all germs but lowers the risk of spreading diseases and infections caused by viruses, fungi, and bacteria.

Other applications of surface disinfectants include transportation and outdoor disinfection. The product demand from these applications has increased significantly. Chemical-based surface disinfectants are most likely to dominate the market as they are easy to apply, economical, and widely available.

End-use Insights

Hotel/restaurants/cafes dominated the surface disinfectant industry with a revenue share of more than 20% in 2022. Its high share is attributable to the growing need to sanitize and disinfect the common areas, swimming pools, bedrooms, and lobbies to maintain hygiene.

Global surface disinfectant market share and size, 2022

Hospitals are also one of the important end-users as they are the most vulnerable to infections caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Regular and periodic disinfection of equipment, surfaces, and PPE kits are on top priority in hospitals, and this acts as a major factor for driving the market.

Air travel plays a crucial role in spreading infectious diseases. A high number of passengers from all over the globe come together in an enclosed area with comparatively high contact rates with chances of leading to more risk of infections. An infected person can easily spread the pathogens to co-passengers and airport staff through luggage, direct contact, and by touching several places at the airport. Thus, airports need to be disinfected by spraying disinfectants at the common places, airport lounge, jet bridge, and gates.

Regional Insights

North America held the largest revenue share of more than 25% in 2022. This is attributed to the number of approvals by regulatory authorities such as Health Canada and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use these disinfectant products in their own countries. In North America, the ever-evolving regulations, healthcare spending, hygiene and health-related awareness, and increased R&D activities across surface disinfectant formulators, raw material manufacturers, and end-users are expected to continue driving the growth of the industry.

Surface Disinfectant Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

Europe witnessed a severe surge in the demand amid the ongoing pandemic spread. Many big international companies are constantly expanding their presence by setting up multiple production and manufacturing facilities in the region, so as to meet the rising demand and serve the European healthcare facilities locally. Technological and R&D advancement in terms of production technologies have further advanced the market in the region.

Consumption of surface disinfectants in Asia Pacific is highly benefitted from its heightened demand, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The availability of cost-effective active ingredients for the market has accelerated the market growth at the domestic as well as international level. China is expected to be the prominent value shareholder throughout the forecast period, driven by the spread of COVID-19 across the country. Japan is expected to witness growth owing, to its strict hygiene standards. A huge population, with a higher level of health and hygiene awareness, are the factors expected to drive the market growth in India.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The competitive landscape is highly fragmented due to the presence of various multinationals trying to fulfill high demands from large end-user bases and customer bases. Key companies are focusing on adopting new marketing strategies and are using advanced technologies to strengthen their customer base. For instance, in March 2022, PDI announced the launch of their novel and innovative product to prevent infection related to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

The manufacturers are focused on managing and optimizing supply efficiency and being competitive in the market by enhancing their productivity & operational efficiency and reducing lead time. Increasing awareness among consumers about the toxicity of chemical-based products, coupled with the increasing disposable incomes of a majority of the population in developed economies, has forced several manufacturers to produce biobased surface disinfectants. Some prominent players in the global surface disinfectant market include:

  • PDI, Inc.

  • GOJO Industries, Inc.

  • W.M. Barr

  • Spartan Chemical Company, Inc.

  • W.W. Grainger, Inc.

  • Carenowmedical

  • Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC

  • PaxChem Ltd.

  • BODE Chemie GmbH

  • Star Brands Ltd.

  • The 3M Company

  • Ecolab

  • Procter & Gamble

  • The Clorox Company

  • Whiteley Corporation

  • Lonza

  • SC Johnson Professional


  • Evonik Industries AG

  • Kimberley-Clark Corporation (KCWW)

  • Medline Industries, Inc.

Recent Development

  • In January 2022, Spartan Chemical Company, Inc. unveiled Profect® HP, a patented hydrogen peroxide disinfectant capable of rapidly neutralizing COVID-19 within 30 seconds. This versatile product effectively eliminates bacteria, enveloped and non-enveloped viruses, and fungi, and complies with OSHA's bloodborne pathogen standard for surface disinfection, all while efficiently disinfecting high-touch surfaces in just one minute and offering swift 30-second eradication of SARS-CoV-2

  • In February 2022, SC Johnson Professional introduced the Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner, featuring an innovative easy-to-measure, squeeze, and pour bottle design. This product streamlines cleaning processes by offeringone-stop solution for cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing, and effectively reducing labor time and effort previously spent on measuring and diluting concentrated chemistry

  • In March 2022, PDI launched Sani-24® Germicidal Disposable Wipe, Sani-HyPerCide® Germicidal Disposable Wipe, and Sani-HyPerCide® Germicidal Spray. The disinfectants are designed to empower infection prevention professionals in their efforts to combat the escalating rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and effectively address the challenges posed by COVID-19 in healthcare settings

Surface Disinfectant Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 5.85 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 9.49 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 7.1% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million, volume in tons, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, trends

Segments covered

Composition, form, application, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Germany; U.K.; France; China; India; Japan; Brazil; Mexico; GCC Countries; South Africa

Key companies profiled

PDI, Inc.; GOJO Industries, Inc.; W.M. Barr; Spartan Chemical Company, Inc.; W.W. Grainger, Inc.; Carenowmedical; Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC; PaxChem Ltd.; BODE Chemie GmbH; Star Brands Ltd.; The 3M Company; Ecolab; Procter & Gamble; The Clorox Company; Whiteley Corporation; Lonza; SC Johnson Professional; BASF SE; Evonik Industries AG; Kimberley-Clark Corporation (KCWW); Medline Industries, Inc.

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Global Surface Disinfectant Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global surface disinfectant market report based on composition, form, application, end-use, and region:

  • Composition Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Chemical

      • Alcohol

      • Ammonium Compounds

      • Oxidizing Agents

      • Phenolics

      • Aldehydes

      • Others

    • Biobased

  • Form Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Liquid

    • Wipes

    • Sprays

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • In House

    • Instruments

    • Others

  • End-use Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Hospitals

    • Laboratories

    • Households

    • Hotel/Restaurants/Cafes

    • Educational Institutes

    • Malls

    • Railways

    • Airports

    • Food Processing Industries

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • Middle East & Africa

      • GCC Countries

      • South Africa

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