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Community spotlight: Barb Lacombe

Local resident keeps her sunny disposition while cleaning up after others

May 17, 2016
By John Morton ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Q: You own and operate Maid in the Sun. How did you get involved in such a business?

A: "I started a small cleaning business in Minneapolis at the age of 19 with five employees who were all older than me. Over the next 25 years, I've cleaned everything from homes to 737 aircrafts and everything in between."

Q: Is there something you do in your service that sets you apart?

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Barb Lacombe takes a break during a cleaning job at the Bay to Beach Resort. The island resident owns Maid in the Sun cleaning business.

A: "My attention to detail and the building of a personal relationship with my clients. I get to know them and they trust me."

Q: In what way is Fort Myers Beach a good market for your type of business?

A: "There's so much variety. I'm experience in not only annual properties but vacation/seasonal as well. You need to be very flexible here. The people in one unit can leave and the next people come in on the same day."

Q: OK, so how clean is YOUR home? Are you a neat freak?

A: "Yes I am. Generally, after a day of cleaning I will come home and clean my own house - it's just something I enjoy doing. It takes a while for me to get cleaning out of my system."

Q: Did you nag on your kids about cleanliness?

A: "Absolutely. And they absolutely hate cleaning. And don't worry, I would never hire them."

Q: What is the hardest cleaning task during your routine?

A: "People tend to leave water bottles and beverage containers all over the place. They really slow me down because I recycle all of them."

Q: We're ready for it... share your worst cleaning story.

A: "I was approached by a vacation rental representative, who said she had a problem in a staircase. I told her I was going there next and she said I needed to go there NOW. Something or someone had (relieved thyself). And let's just say it was a two-staircase event."

(Community Spotlight features a resident each week who has an interesting occupation, activity, or story to tell. Please submit subjects you feel are worthy of some recognition to editor John Morton by calling 765-0400, ext. 102, or by email at



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