Absorbent paper is paper that has the capability to absorb any kind of liquid or fluid. It absorbs liquids so effectively because the capillarity of the holes between or within the densely matted cellulose fibers allows the paper to absorb and retain liquids.
It has a high density and is quite tough. It is resistant to degradation and may be soaked for a long period. Absorbent paper is made up of natural short cotton and imported hardwood pulp that has the ability to absorb more than four times their own weight in water. It normally comes in a thickness of approximately 0.250mm.
The two layers of absorbent paper give ultimate protection by absorbing fluid. The top side of the paper has a layer of cellulose ( the material comes from wood) with high liquid absorption capacity. At the same time, the reverse side of the paper has a layer of polyethylene that makes it entirely waterproof by providing a double shield.
There are some types of absorbent papers also available. The most absorbent materials are paper towels and toilet paper. Water is absorbed into these materials really fast. The majority of the other forms of paper absorbed very little amount of water as compared to the absorbent paper.
Uses Of Absorbent Paper
Absorbent paper has applications in various fields. They are used in the protection of trays and tables, specifically in different laboratories, and in seed germination. It recovers spillage through its leak-tight surface and is used in tiny beakers or tanks to avoid leakage. It is also helpful while dealing with hazardous or poisonous compounds in labs. For example, in pathological labs, absorbent papers are a must need.