How to Dry Wet Paper Fast

You might have found yourself in a situation where you are left with wet paper products. For instance, what if your printer ran out of ink and you spilled water all over the page? This blog post will guide you through how to dry wet paper fast to avoid becoming too damaged before it can be read or used again. 

It would help if you started by removing any excess water from the product as quickly as possible. Next, get a dish towel or napkin that is not made of terry cloth material. Gently dab away at any puddles until they are gone. When this has been completed, use another dish towel to blot up any remaining moisture on the surface of the paper product itself. Read on this blog post to learn more.

How to Dry Wet Paper Fast

10 Ways To Dry Wet Paper Fast:

1. Paper Towel

Best for paper towels is to place them over the wet area and dab/ press firmly. Then take another fresh dry towel and wipe off any excess liquid left on the paper. This method is also great for dried paint artwork because it prevents smudging colors as you blot away the excess paint.

2. Blow Dryer

The blow dryer method is great because it’s fast and requires minimal effort. Take a blow dryer, turn it on medium heat, hold it about 8 inches away from the painting, and sweep slowly over the wet area. Be careful not to hold the nozzle too close to your paintings, or it could damage the paint.

3. Shower with a Lotion Dispenser

This method requires you to make a special mixture by putting lotion into a clean, empty hand soap bottle. Then take your shower as usual while holding the nozzle above the wet paper and spray it evenly over the paper several times until all of it is saturated. Use a bubble bath instead of soap to allow more lotion dispersion into the water.

4. Household Sponge

This method is great for artwork that is not too wet on thick watercolor paper because it allows the painting time to gradually dry instead of drying from one second to another after being submerged in water.

This method can also be used to soak up water from dried paint artwork. Procure a clean sponge and run it under warm water until it is damp. Place the painting on a flat surface and firmly press the wet sponge over the paper, blotting away excess liquid left behind.

5. Microwave Oven

This method is great for painting with acrylics because you can begin to heat it directly after completing your artwork without ruining it. Be careful, though, and the microwave oven method is only meant for small paintings because as you heat the painting, it will make the paint sink into the paper and cause damage if heated for too long.

6. Hair Dryer

Using Hairdryer to Dry a Paper

This method is great for drying artwork that has had time to seep in on thin watercolor paper or absorbent papers. It is also great for dried paint paintings to fluff up the paper’s surface and revive dried paint. Take your hairdryer on medium heat and hold it about 8 inches away from the painting while sweeping over it slowly with consistent movement.

7. Paper Weights

Place several heavy objects (books work well), lay them over the wet painting, and let it dry for several days before removing papers.

8. Tray of Ice Cubes

Dip a clean cloth into the water, ring out any excess drops (do not wipe), and place them on top of your artwork. Then take several ice cubes and lay them on another clean cloth 8 inches away from the painting, be careful not to place them directly on your watercolor paper. The ice cubes will slowly melt and absorb the excess liquid from your artwork as it gradually dries.

9. Dish of Soaking Water

This method is great for wetting up gesso papers because the painting time gradually absorbs the water but doesn’t make a mess during the process. Take your dish of water and submerge the painting completely for several hours, allowing it to seep into the paper.

10. Watering Can

This method is great for carrying out a small painting on thick watercolor paper that has to be quickly watered down. Dip your watering can nozzle into the water and spray over the wet area of your paintings until all excess liquid is absorbed. If you don’t have a watering can, you can use a spray bottle instead of placing the nozzle under the water and spraying until all excess liquid is removed.

Procedures: How to Dry Wet Paper Fast 

Drying Wet Paper


Cut the paper to its final size if needed. Don’t dry wet paper of a different size than you want it to be when dry.


Take the paper and lay down blotting papers over it in layers, say 3-6 sheets thick (but don’t put too many because they’ll take up space that you need for the paper when it dries). This is to absorb moisture in the paper.


Take a weight (like a heavy book) and put it on top of the blotting papers. Let it sit for about 15-30 minutes, and this gives the paper time to absorb some of the moisture from underneath through capillary action.


Take the weight and blotting papers off the paper and let it sit for at least a day, preferably 2 or 3 days. Be sure to check if the paper is dry before moving on to the next step to ensure that it doesn’t have any wet spots that you don’t see. If there are any wet spots, leave them out for longer and check again.


After the paper has had time to dry, take another blotting paper (1-3 sheets thick) and put it on top of the paper. Put a weight over this as well. Let sit for about 2 hours or so, then check if it’s dry. If it’s still wet, leave it for longer and check again. If it’s dry, proceed to the next step.


Take the weight off and cut the paper to its final size. This is where things get a little tricky because if you want it all one color or are making an interesting pattern in the paper, you’ll need to make sure that the paper is dry where you want it to be before cutting. If you’re not doing anything interesting, proceed as usual and cut.


Take your final weight (a heavier book than what you used for drying) and put it on top of the paper.  Let sit overnight this time or 24 hours, checking periodically to see if the paper is dry. If the paper isn’t dry, leave it longer and check again.

Frequently Asked Questions

What temperature should you dry paper?

There is no definitive answer to this question since it depends on the type of paper and the humidity level in the room where you are drying the paper. However, generally, you should dry paper at a temperature between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can you iron homemade paper?

Yes, you can iron homemade paper. However, it is important to note that you should not use too much heat when ironing homemade paper, as this could cause the paper to crack.

Can you bend homemade paper?

Yes, you can bend the homemade paper. It is important to use the right kind of paper and to follow the instructions carefully.

To make homemade paper, you will need:

  • A piece of paper that is at least 18 inches by 24 inches.
  • A straight edge or ruler.
  • A pair of scissors.
  • Tape measure or a piece of string.
  • Glue or stapler.


The paper towel is soaked in water. But don’t worry, you can save it! Here we have mentioned some steps to drying wet paper fast, so your project won’t be ruined by a little water damage. First things first, get out the towels! Get at least two or three clean white towels and lay them flat on top of one another. Place these overtop the wet paper to absorb any excess moisture that may have spread onto other surfaces.

Next, take an additional dry towel and place it under each stack for added protection against leaks from below (the underside). Afterward, set up fans in opposite directions around the papers; this will help circulate air, evaporating any remaining liquid faster than if left alone. Now everything is set; let the fans work their magic and leave them overnight to dry up the water. We hope you are now clear on how to dry wet paper fast. 

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