In Evanston, Il. cleaning shutters is no easy task. Each one of those pivoting little louvers look so charming on your window, has to be cleaned.
It takes a lot of water and scrubbing to reach all the cracks and crevices of shutters, so, if possible, remove the shutters from the window and work at a towel-lined counter or table, Spray the entire shutter with all purpose cleaner, taking care to reach all the crevices. Let the solution soak for a few minutes before cleaning each slat. Working from the top to the bottom scrub each louver with a terry towel or grout brush. You will need a little brush of some sort because as soon as you spray the shutters, all the dirt is going to flow to the cracks and crevices.
Spray loosened dirt and cleaning solution away with clean water. Dry with a clean cloth. Dry hard to reach areas by applying a clean absorbent cloth wrapped around a wooden spoon handle.
Keep shutters well dusted and you won't have to scrub. The longer dust and dirt are allowed to sit on a surface, the harder it is to just suck it up in the vacuum. Once a month, dust front and back sides of the louvers with a canister vacuum. Using the dust brush attachment, go up and down the shutter as well as side to side to vacuum dust in hard to reach areas. City dwellers should dust more frequently.
Use an old toothbrush in place of a grout brush. If you feel this job is overwhelming, give Dial-A-Maid Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il to clean your shutters the way they should be cleaned.