5 Effective Ways to Quickly Fix Wet Paper
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 5 min read


  1. Use a hair dryer
  2. Utilize a heat gun
  3. Iron the paper
  4. Place the paper under a heavy book
  5. Try a paper press

It happens to the best of us: you're enjoying a hot cup of coffee, flipping through important documents, and in a split second, your paper gets wet. Suddenly, it's a race against the clock to fix the paper before the damage becomes irreversible. But don't fret! Here are five effective ways on how to fix wet paper quickly and effectively. Starting with a common household tool: the hair dryer.

Use a Hair Dryer

Sometimes the solution to your problem is right in your bathroom cabinet. And no, it's not the toothpaste. It's your hair dryer! This tool can be an excellent ally when it comes to how to fix wet paper. Here's how you can use it:

Setting Up

  • First, gently blot the wet paper with a clean, dry cloth to remove the excess water. Be careful not to rub as it might lead to the paper tearing.
  • Next, find a flat surface and spread out the wet paper. If possible, choose a heat-resistant surface to avoid any mishaps during the drying process.

Using the Hair Dryer

Now that you're all set, it's time to get drying. Remember to use the hair dryer on a low heat setting to avoid scorching the paper. Here's what to do:

  1. Turn on the hair dryer and hold it at least a few inches away from the paper.
  2. Move the hair dryer around, ensuring to not focus on one spot for too long. This helps evenly distribute the heat and prevents damaging the paper.
  3. Continue this process until the paper is dry. Patience is key here — rushing might lead to more damage.

And there you have it! You've successfully navigated how to fix wet paper using a hair dryer. But remember, while this method is effective, it's not the only one. Stay tuned for more tips on how to rescue your precious documents from the grips of a water mishap.

Utilize a heat gun

Should the hair dryer not be readily available or you're dealing with a more drenched document, a heat gun can be your next best friend. Don't worry, it's not as daunting as it sounds!

Getting Started

  • Similar to the hair dryer method, begin by blotting the wet paper as gently as possible. This step is key in any method when figuring out how to fix wet paper.
  • Locate a flat and heat-resistant surface to lay the paper on. Safety is paramount, especially when dealing with tools such as a heat gun.

Operating the Heat Gun

Now, let's get to the fun part. But remember, heat guns are more powerful than hair dryers, so we'll need to exercise extra care. Ready? Let's go:

  1. Switch on the heat gun, maintaining a safe distance of at least a few inches away from the paper. The goal is to dry, not singe!
  2. Move the heat gun in a consistent sweeping motion across the paper. This helps to evenly distribute the heat and prevents the paper from burning.
  3. Keep going until the paper is completely dry. Remember, slow and steady wins the race!

And there you have it! Another successful method on how to fix wet paper using a heat gun. But as with all things paper-related, gentle care is the real hero here. So, keep reading, because we've got more ways to save your soggy paper coming right up!

Iron the paper

Ever thought of using an iron to fix wet paper? If not, then you're in for a surprise! This method might seem a little unconventional, but when done correctly, it can be a game-changer.

Preparation Steps

  • First things first, gently blot the wet paper to remove any excess water. This helps in minimizing water damage.
  • Next, find a flat and iron-safe surface. An ironing board usually works best. If you don't have one handy, a flat table with a thick towel spread over will do.

Ironing the Paper

With the prep work out of the way, let's move on to the main event:

  1. Set your iron to the lowest heat setting. High heat can cause the paper to yellow or even burn—ouch!
  2. Place a thin cloth over the wet paper. This acts as a barrier between the iron and the paper, preventing direct contact.
  3. Gently move the iron over the cloth in a smooth motion, taking care not to linger too long on one spot.
  4. Keep going until the paper is dry. If it's not drying quickly, slightly increase the heat setting on your iron—but remember, we're not trying to make toast here!

Voila! You've successfully dried your paper using an iron. Who knew? But don't put away your problem-solving hat just yet. We've got two more methods on how to fix wet paper, and you're going to love them!

Place the paper under a heavy book

Remember those bulky encyclopedias that you thought would never come in handy? Well, guess what—it's their time to shine. Placing wet paper under a heavy book is a time-honored method to fix wet paper, especially when you're dealing with mild dampness. Here's how to do it:

Getting Things Ready

  • Just like with the ironing method, start by blotting the wet paper gently with a towel to remove excess water.
  • Find a heavy book—encyclopedias, a hardcover novel, or a thick cookbook can do the job.
  • Also, prepare two sheets of absorbent paper. This could be kitchen paper, blotting paper, or even newspaper if you're in a pinch.

Squashing the Dampness Away

Now that we have everything ready, let's squash that dampness away:

  1. Place one sheet of your absorbent paper on a flat surface.
  2. Position your damp paper on top of it.
  3. Put the second absorbent sheet on top of your wet paper.
  4. Lastly, place the heavy book on top of this sandwich. The weight of the book helps to flatten the paper while the absorbent sheets draw out the moisture.
  5. Leave it for a few hours, or better yet, overnight. Patience is key here.

And there you have it—how to fix wet paper using a heavy book. It's a simple, no-fuss method that can give you surprisingly good results. Ready for the next solution? Let's move on!

Try a paper press

When all else fails, or when you want to fix wet paper like a pro, a paper press is the way to go. This tool essentially works like a heavy book—but with much more precision and efficacy. Here's how to use it:

Prepare Your Equipment

  • Begin by blotting the wet paper with a towel to remove as much water as possible. Be gentle—you don't want to tear your paper.
  • Get your paper press ready. If you don’t have one, you can also make a makeshift press using two flat, rigid boards and some clamps.
  • Again, you'll need two sheets of absorbent paper to help wick away moisture.

Pressing the Wet Paper

With everything set up, it's time to get pressing:

  1. Place one sheet of absorbent paper on the bottom plate of your paper press.
  2. Next, lay your damp paper on top of the absorbent sheet.
  3. Cover the wet paper with the second absorbent sheet.
  4. Now, close your press or place the other board on top, if you're using the makeshift version.
  5. Apply pressure evenly using the press or clamps. Make sure the pressure is firm but not too intense—you don’t want to damage the paper.
  6. Wait for a few hours, then gently remove the paper and check. If it's still damp, repeat the process.

And voila! That's how to fix wet paper using a paper press. Though it might seem a little more involved, it's a surefire way to restore your paper to its former glory. So, are you ready to give these methods a try? Remember, practice makes perfect!

If you enjoyed learning about fixing wet paper and want to explore more techniques related to paper art, check out the workshop 'The Art of Paper Cut' by Mar Delmar. This workshop will teach you the intricate techniques of paper cutting and help you create stunning paper art pieces.