Why Are Paper Towels More Absorbent than Napkins or Tissues in Cleaning Up Spills?

Kitchen Paper Towels

Perforated Kitchen Towels

Paper towels, napkins, tissues, and toilet paper are all paper products and are, therefore, made out of paper. But, although they are all made from paper, kitchen paper towels are more absorbent than toilet paper, napkins or facial tissues in picking up and absorbing large amounts of liquid. Why is this the case? The answer is in the process that is used to make kitchen paper towels.

Kitchen paper towels can absorb more spilled liquid because the paper making up a paper towel is woven together loosely, which allows liquid to travel between the paper fibers in the towel, making it a more absorbent paper product. Paper towels are manufactured and woven through 2 seperate manufacturing processes: creping and embossing. Creping creates more open areas in the paper for water to enter by using a blade and disrupting the fiber-to-fiber bonds in the paper and actually forming a folded structure within the sheet of paper towel. Then, during the embossing process, the surface of the paper towel is changed from a flat surface to a shaped surface. This makes raised areas that create empty space between the paper layers. This looks like a design on the paper. This design is actually the empty space in the paper towel that lets the towel absorb and hold large amounts of liquid.

Napkins, tissues, and toilet paper are not made this way, and therefore they are not as absorbent as paper towels. So…when it comes to absorbing liquids and picking up spills…not all paper products are created equal!

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