Glass cleaners are formulated with surfactants, which facilitate rapid drying and provide superior cleaning action needed to remove dirt, grease, and smoke film. Glass cleaners contain several chemicals, ammonia being one of them. Ammonia provides temporary alkalinity, which eliminates filming, and other nonionic wetting agents aid in a streak-free finish. The glass cleaner performs its task rapidly with minimal effort. Household glass cleaners help consumers to keep their homes sparkling clean and shining with a simple spray and the swipe of a cloth. Glass cleaning chemicals can be utilized to remove fingerprints and grease marks from various surfaces, and help remove salts and streaks that are deeply bonded to the glass. Some glass cleaning chemicals are employed to remove hard water stains from glass.
Among the several glass chemicals, some are ammonia based, while others are ammonia free. Different brands of household glass cleaners employ different ingredients; however, most manufacturers employ three main ingredients. In terms of composition, the glass cleaning chemicals market can be segmented into solvent, cleaning agent, wetting agent, fragrance, and dye. The most important chemical in glass cleaners is the cleaning agent. Based on chemicals, the glass cleaning chemicals market can be segregated into isopropyl alcohol, monoethanolamine, butyl glycol, and others. Isopropyl alcohol, also called rubbing alcohol, isopropanol, or dimethyl carbinol, is a key ingredient in glass cleaners.
Isopropyl alcohol evaporates rapidly and dissolves oil or grease on contact. Monoethanolamine, also called MEA, is a toxic, flammable, corrosive liquid derived from ammonia, and is an ingredient in several household glass cleaning products. Butyl glycol, also called ethylene glycol butyl ether, or 2-butoxyethanol, is the single most widely produced glycol ether, which possess the chemical properties of ether and alcohol in the same molecule. Butyl glycol is a solvent that has a sweet odor; it is the chemical responsible for the sweet smell of glass cleaners like Windex.
In terms of application, the glass cleaning chemicals market can be classified into windows, mirrors, screens, doors, and other surfaces. The most common application of glass cleaning chemicals is their usage in cleaning of windows sub segmented as automotive windows, household windows, marine, aerospace, and others. Several glass cleaning chemicals have multi-task cleaning formulas and are fast acting, which ensures a quick and easy clean. Some glass cleaning chemicals utilize powder mixed into a paste and is rubbed onto the unclean glass to get a clean and clear finish. This paste is ideal for glass shower doors, windows, tile, porcelain, chrome, and mirrors. Unger Gel is a highly effective cleaning gel, which works on the dirtiest of windows. Some glass cleaning chemicals are skin-friendly, biodegradable, and possess a thick formulation for better dispensing control. These glass cleaner chemicals lift and loosen dirt and grime leaving the glass and a variety of other surfaces sparkling clean.
In terms of geography, the global glass cleaning chemicals market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. In terms of market volume and revenue, the glass cleaning chemicals market in North America is projected to expand due to the expansion witnessed in various industries such as automotive, aerospace, and household. The glass cleaning chemicals market in Europe and Asia Pacific is also anticipated to expand at a significant growth rate owing to the expansion of the automotive industry in these regions.
Key manufacturers operating in the global glass cleaning chemicals market include Jon-Don, Inc., S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. and Spartan Chemical Company, Inc.
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