Inspiring Others To Use Business For Good

Inspiring Others To Use Business For Good

by Steve Gamel

Debbie Sardone never imagined her cleaning company, Buckets & Bows Maid Service, would grow into a cleaning empire with national prominence and global impact. After all, she started it out of the trunk of her car with no long-term plan other than to create some supplemental income – hardly a blueprint for extraordinary success.

But when you have a passion for what you do – and care about the people you do it with and for – good things happen.

“I’ve always been a firm believer that entrepreneurs are leaders, and I believe leaders are influencers,” said Debbie, who has been in business for more than 30 years and has become a mentor for businesses worldwide. “Now, you can either influence just for your own gain, or you can influence for the benefit of others. I have found that if you influence to inspire and motivate others to do good, the good comes back to you.”

Debbie is a living representation of what she calls a “MAID For More” mindset. In conjunction with her successful cleaning company, which is now the go-to cleaning service for hundreds of local customers, she launched a nonprofit 12 years ago called Cleaning For A Reason. Through this nonprofit, Debbie and her team give the gift of free house cleaning to women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. The goal is to give back a little piece of the success she’s garnered over the years and allow these brave and strong women to focus on their health and treatment rather than worrying about cleaning their own home.

Since 2006, Buckets & Bows and Cleaning For A Reason has provided free services for more than 300 cancer-stricken families right here in Denton County. And in that same amount of time, Debbie has recruited more than 1,200 maid services nationwide to join the cause, resulting in more than 30,000 women being helped through the network.

To date, that’s free house cleaning services valued at more than $10,000,000. Within the last two years, Debbie’s Cleaning For A Reason has merged with ISSA, The World Wide Cleaning Association, where she serves on the board. She believes the partnership will lead to doubling, maybe tripling the number of women they can serve each year and expanding internationally.

For Debbie, having this one-of-a-kind network of like-minded business owners should be what entrepreneurship is all about – regardless of what industry you’re in – because it’s a win-win for everyone. The person who needed the service wins and feels valued, the company offering the service wins because they are creating goodwill toward others, and the employees who put in the hard work feel a sense of pride for participating.

“My employees do a lot of hard work every single day. They are vacuuming, scrubbing, cleaning, and then driving to the next house to do it all over again,” Sardone said. “But when they get to go into the home of a cancer patient and make a real difference, that’s the most rewarding experience of all. I’ve seen some of my employees refuse a tip. They leave in tears saying that it meant so much to them to be a part of it. They put their heart and soul into their job.”

She added, “When you can give your workers added meaning to their job, it’s an incredible experience. More people these days prefer to work for a company that gives back to the community.”

Debbie can’t imagine doing business any other way. When customers hire Buckets & Bows, they get the most thorough housecleaning available thanks to Debbie’s focus on quality and consistency. Employees are trained using the Perfect Maintenance Cleaning™ method that she developed and use the company’s own high-end, green cleaning products that she manufactures. And customers let her know that they love supporting a business that gives back to people right in their neighborhoods.

Debbie has worked tirelessly over the years to not only spread the critical message and importance of Cleaning For A Reason with loyal clients of Buckets & Bows, but she also shares her knowledge with other business owners who could use a mentor in a variety of areas, including using their business to give back. She recently launched a comprehensive cleaning business training system for residential cleaning companies that has been nominated for ISSA’s 2018 Innovation Award. Not only does the system train the owner, but it also trains the trainer and trains the cleaner, making it the only training program that addresses all three areas for residential cleaning businesses. Not surprisingly, ‘Giving back’ is a notable part of the messaging Debbie gives about growing your business.

She’s also in the middle of writing her next book, which is aptly titled, Maid For More. “My philosophy is the more you give, the more you receive,” Debbie said. “And the more I realized over time that I can use my business to help others, the more I realized how rewarding it truly is to touch so many lives.”

Buckets & Bows Maid Service is available for weekly, bi-weekly and monthly recurring service, move in/move out cleanings, and other one-time cleanings such as after a party or for a holiday gathering. And they now offer in-home laundry service, too. They are the Best of Denton County Home Cleaning Service winner again this year and were voted “Best Place To Work” in Lewisville in 2018.

Buckets & Bows Maid Service | | 469-610-2918


cover photo by Your Candid Memories ( | Interior photo courtesy of Diana Risell

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