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Why does the towel absorb the water spills?

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Melvin Joe

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Answered Apr 01, 2021

When you rub the towels on the watery surface, the towels' cellulose binds with the water and removes the water from the surface and the body.

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J. Shatner

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Answered Feb 16, 2021


The correct answer to this question is cellulose. Paper towels are made of fibers that are cellulose. The fibers are made from things like wood, cotton, and some other plants. The fibers are molecules are large and they are made of molecules that are small and linked together.

All of the small molecules are combined so that cellulose is formed. Sugar molecules are also formed. With this combination, the paper towels absorbs the water.

This is the reason why paper towels are such essential household items. They are used to clean the water mess from the floor and the counters.

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Leo Samuels

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Answered Jan 21, 2021

The correct answer to this question is cellulose. All paper is made of this, including paper towels. Water molecules like to cling to cellulose. Because this paper is able to absorb water. Even more so than writing paper, paper towels are more absorbent because the cellulose fibers that make up the paper towel have empty spaces in between them.

These empty spaces are just tiny little air bubbles. As water molecules prefer to stay together, they fill one another up, and they fill up the empty spaces. When paper towels are laid down, it gives more space for the water to fill.

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Answered Jan 18, 2021

Paper towels are made up of cellulose fibers, which are cultivated from cotton, wood, and some plants. These cellulose fibers are giant molecules that consist of many small molecules linked together. The small molecules combine to form cellulose and sugar molecules, and this combination is the way that paper towels absorb water.

Paper towels are great at mopping up a mess. Sugar dissolves in water easily. When you make a paper towel wet, the water molecules cling to the cellulose fibers. Kitchen paper towels absorb the most liquid because the paper which makes up the paper towel is put together loosely, which permits liquid to travel between paper fibers.

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Answered Jan 14, 2021

You may be wondering why towels will have the ability to absorb water. Towels usually have fibers that are empty which means that if there are some molecules from other objects that would be absorbed by the water, it will be possible.

Towels will usually have tiny air bubbles in between them wherein the water can rush through. If you are using cotton towels, you would notice that the towels will start to swell up with water.

The only way that you can remove the water is by pressing the towel hard to release the water. With paper towels, it is also the same. The water will rush into the empty spaces but since paper towels are more delicate as compared to cloth towels, they need to be thrown away after.

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Answered Jan 12, 2021

Without beating around the bush, the major reason why towels (especially paper towels) absorb the water spills is that there are empty spaces between the cellulose fibers. The water easily fills up these empty spaces when it comes in contact with the towel. When paper towels are closely checked, they are seen to be made of ground-up plant material.

Taking a better look at it through the microscope, you will discover a web of tiny plant fibers that it is made of. When you magnify it closer, you will see that the fibers are made of sugar molecules that are connected together on a long chain. This chain of sugar molecules is called cellulose.

Another thing you should understand is that water easily gets attracted to cellulose. Thus, the cellulose attracts water and the water gets stuck to it. Also, there are some spaces between these fibers, and what happens is that, as water is being attracted to the cellulose, it also fill up these spaces.

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