Three decades ago, Debbie Sardone started a maid service business out of the trunk of her car.

“I just started cleaning houses for some extra income,” Sardone said. “My husband was a police officer, so we didn’t make a lot of money. I don’t have a college degree.”

Today, Buckets & Bows Maid Service is one of the largest independently owned cleaning services in the region, Sardone said. The business is based in Lewisville and serves more than a dozen nearby cities.

Buckets & Bows has been through its share of rough economic patches.

In the business’s earlier days, Sardone had to learn the hard way how to pivot as a business owner during an economic downturn, she said. The dot-com crisis and 9/11 served as her first wake-up call on the importance of cutting overhead costs to adjust to economic realities, she said.

Since then, she said, she has been much more nimble. Buckets & Bows has found affordable spaces in which to operate throughout Lewisville. The business has also been able to navigate the Great Recession and even the pandemic with greater success, she said.

When the pandemic hit, some of Sardone’s customers asked to pause or cancel their service. But something unexpected happened next, Sardone said. The cleaning company started finding new customers, some of whom were spending more time than ever at home and wanted to ensure their spaces were sanitized.

It took less than three months for Sardone’s business to get back to where it had been before the pandemic started, she said, and she believes the opportunity for future growth is promising as well.

“I think the cleaning business boom is only going to get bigger,” Sardone said. “I think people are hyper-aware of the importance of cleaning and sanitizing.”

Buckets & Bows Maid Service

496 E. Purnell St., Ste. 101, Lewisville