I work in a consultants room with a dozen other people. It is a room of roughly 500-600 sq ft. It is located on client site but most of us who work there (with the exception of two) are from the same consulting shop, which also manages the project. None of the client's employees sit in the room.
Because the client does not provide coffee, several coworkers (myself excluded!) pool money to buy coffee and they have a coffee machine. The immediate surroundings of the coffee machine are beyond disgusting. The whole area is unkempt and resembles a biological experiment with a focus on bacteria. I do not participate in using that area except for the filtered water and I do participate in maintaining that. The room does get janitorial attention but the janitor lady who comes in does not do a very good job and she seems like a downright slob herself. However, I am not sure the coffee area is her responsibility.
My manager, who sits in the room, projects little to no authority over my coworkers so I don't want to ask that person do drive the coworkers to clean up. The account rep (liason between our company and the client, and our company's employee) sits in the office next door, which is much cleaner. Should I ask that person to intervene about the cleanliness of our office?
I joined not even three months ago. I am aware that I have higher sanitary standards than most people but this is not tolerable by any low standard. I do not want to put myself in the position of directly nagging to my office mates. I would like to escalate the issue to an authority who would handle it professionally and also make sure it keeps clean and tidy in the future. Or should I contact building maintenance?
Seems like a trivial situation but it makes me angry every time I walk by. It's not a subconscious aspect of hating my job, which I don't, quite on the contrary. But I want the communal areas kept clean.