Cleaning chemicals come across as types of chemical agents which; as the name suggests, clean stains, eliminate odor, contaminated surfaces, and dust particles. These chemicals do make sure to maintain a high level of hygiene and cleansing properties. The verticals that drive the cleaning chemicals market include kitchen appliances, hospitals, colleges and schools, bathrooms, toilets, etc. They could be categorized into general purpose cleaners, disinfectants, sanitizers, etc.
The APAC is expected to grow at the fastest pace in the cleaning chemicals market; thanks to the improvement in healthcare infrastructure and growing concerns regarding cleanliness. Developing economies like India are expected to contribute maximum to the growth of cleaning chemicals market in the APAC. With measures like “Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan (“Clean India” initiative), over 30 million toilets have been built across the rural belt since the year 2014. This has resulted in exponential rise in demand for cleaning chemicals; and this demand will continue to increase with the construction of more number of toilets in the next 5-6 years.
North America and Europe have already reached saturation with respect to cleaning chemicals market. MEA is also catching up; especially countries like Nigeria; wherein there is an influx of telecom sector, is eying cleanliness big time. Cleaning chemicals could be categorized as acidic (with addition of corrosion inhibitors and surfactants), basic (alkaline), neutral, and degreasers. Acidic cleaning chemicals clean up scaling-like inorganic deposits. The basic (alkaline) ones constitute ammonia and bleach. They help in removing rust and dirt dissolved. Neutral cleaning agents are non-ionic surfactants dispersing diverse types. The degreasers remove grease. They could be metamorphic and/or solvent-based.
As of now, the “all-purpose” cleaners hold the highest market share. They are a mixture of nonionic and anionic surfactants, hydrotropic substances, polymeric phosphates, skin-protective agents, corrosion inhibitors, and, at times, colorants and perfumes.