Why Does Paper Tear Easily When Wet?

Posted by Layla May on Nov 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM
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Image_SuitcaseAs most paper is made from trees, a typical piece of paper is composed mostly of cellulose wood fibers. These fibers are reinforced and fused by strong hydrogen bonds.

When paper gets wet, however, those bonds are damaged and the fibers separate more easily. In turn, the paper becomes weak and tears.

Even a thick stack of paper can tear easily when wet! Why does this happen? Because water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen and its molecules tend to fuse with the bonds in wood fibers.

Application Shot - Maps paper

To many this natural occurrence is not an issue. But for suppliers who use paper to produce a range of consumer products like maps, menus, brochures, etc., that may face contact with water, this poses problems.

Rather than businesses investing a yearly investment in products such as this, why not find an application that lasts?

The Solution

PaperTyger is a complete line of tear and water resistant paper laminates. Products offered include premium high bright printing paper and papers for the envelope, tag and label book publishing. While offering comparable durability to synthetic papers, PaperTyger prints and converts like ordinary paper. In a practical sense, what the product offers is durable paper products well suited for long-term items for every day businesses, such as law labels, book covers, ID cards and many more

If you have custom requirements, we are happy to work with you directly to create a perfect solution. Simply click here to get in contact with one of our paper experts today!


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Topics: Laminated Paper, Waterproof paper, tear resistant map, paper for maps

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