Usually you can get away with removing the bowls and cleaning pilot and main jets and also remove the air and/or fuel screws (if equipped) and spray in there too with spray cleaner. It's only in cases where the carbs are really gunked up that you need to completely disassemble them. Otherwise, I agree with Phishin, roll your sleeves up and dive in. The best thing you can do is make it part of your pre-season routine. I always did my carbs in late fall, just before the snow flew. They were always clean, so a rinse with spray clean and shop air kept them working perfect.
As for spray cleaner, Berryman's B12 spray cleaner is about the best I've seen so far.
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