Tucked away in the heart of Isleworth, West London is a laundry that cares about the quality of service it delivers and about ensuring that its service is as sustainable as it can be.
Owned and managed by Rona Tait, TDS Laundry has been in business since 2006 when Tait took over a self-service launderette in Twickenham and began offering a laundry service to domestic customers. Not content to stop there, Tait looked to a laundry consultant for advice with plans to set up a small, commercial laundry service for boutique and owner-managed hotels. Today, an all-female management team runs this efficient, service-focused business, catering to a wide range of customers in the London and the home counties.
Rona Tait said: “We all have to consider everything we do and how we do it, and to work in such a way as to meet what sustainable goals we can. This is very important to me, to my business. We need to do all we can and by offering a more environmentally friendly service down the supply chain, my customers can be confident that they are using a sustainable supplier.”
Having heard about the use of ozone in washing machines, Tait researched the available options. She was looking for a solution that provided ozone and chemicals from the same supplier, a complete package that had already been tried and tested. She visited Petersfield Laundry in Hampshire which uses Christeyns Speed O system and was so impressed she didn’t feel the need to run trials in her own laundry.
In April 2019 her four machines were set up to run with ozone. Speed O boxes, that convert O2 to ozone, were installed behind each machine with a central wall-mounted, auto-dosing system located close by. Due to the varied types of clients and the fact that TDS runs an intelligent, hand-worked service, the machines were pre-programmed with over 25 different wash options.
“Ozone is an easy fix when looking for a more sustainable wash option,” said Tait. “The Speed O system was installed quickly and benefits were apparent from the word go. We now wash in cold water for most items, our wash times have reduced from 45 to 30 mins and we can process 80 loads per day instead of 70. In addition, our water and energy bills have reduced significantly. My staff like the system and the linens and garments are just as pristine as before.”
Photo shows Rona, Lucia and Haley in the laundry.