A paper towel is an absorbent, disposable towel made from paper. Paper towels for kitchen use is also known as kitchen roll, kitchen paper, kitchen towel, and poly roll.
These rolls are for home use, it usually sold in a roll of perforated sheets. Unlike cloth towels, paper towels are disposable and intended to be used only once.
Paper towels soak up water because they are loosely woven which enables water to travel between the fibers, even against gravity (capillary effect).
Paper towels have similar purposes to conventional towels, such as drying hands, wiping windows and other surfaces, dusting and cleaning up spills.