What Are the Properties of Paper?

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Properties of paper include the thickness, weight, texture, folding endurance, strength and size of the paper. Some grades of paper tear easily, while others resist tearing. The moisture retention capacity is another important property of paper. Some grades of paper dry very quickly and do not absorb moisture.

Blotting paper is a type of paper used to absorb ink because it has a high moisture retention capacity and can absorb liquids. Cardboard paper is hard and difficult to fold. Paper used for writing is often soft, smooth, glossy and lightweight.

Paper is made from wood pulp and is primarily used for writing, printing and packaging. The making of paper began in China almost 2,000 years ago.