Don't know wether it's the right thing to do but use car wax every now and again ships in and out a lot easier also stops a lot of groundball and sweet corn sticking as much just wipes of with a damp cloth.Use car wax not polish it got abrasive in it.
I only have a problem when using sloppy paste. I get it on my hands and pole sections. At the end of the session I wipe everything off with a wet bar towel, but if I miss anything, the pole sections come out with mould on at the next session.
Clean the pole if I have used groundbait meat or corn, or have been catching lots of silver fish as the slime and residue can be a nightmare for efficient shipping on your next session, as I like a nice clean pole as it seems to go through the hands better, also same with my gear like everything to be working well and be clean and efficient, I am certain this ends up with catching more fish at the end of the day.