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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to Polish Furniture

Seren Morgan-Roberts

This page offers a guide on how to unlock the polishing function in Happy Home Paradise DLC. You’ll find information on how to use the polishing function and also unlock more polishing effects later in the game!

If you haven’t started the DLC, check out our guide on how to begin Happy Home Paradise.

Polishing adds that finishing touch to a design!

How to Unlock Polishing

You’ll unlock polishing fairly early on, whilst you’re decorating your 4th vacation home. When you’re about to finish up the decorating, Niko will come in and tell you about Wardell’s secret polishing technique.

First, you’ll need to press in the L bumber to don your cleaning clothes. Then walk up to the item you want to polish and press A. The longer you hold A, the sparklier the item but you can stop pressing A at any time to achieve the desired sparkliness.

(1 of 2) Polishing allows you to add special effects to different furniture items

Polishing allows you to add special effects to different furniture items (left), you could make everything sparkly! (right)

Extra Polishing Options

After you’ve become a veteran of designing vacation homes, Niko will offer you some special polishing effects! We unlocked the special polishing effects when we were on our 12th vacation home and also designed the School facility. Below you’ll find all of the polishing effects that you now have in your arsenal!

You’ve got a bunch of new polishing effects to choose from!

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  • Genre
    Social simulation
  • Guide Release
    7 August 2020
  • Last Updated
    20 January 2022
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  • Guide Author
    Seren Morgan-Roberts

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